Friday, Sep 19, 2014

Pinnell, Gary

Highlands Today

Fighting the yellow dragon

Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 -

— Hurricanes, freezes, canker, even residential sprawl. The citrus industry fights to survive every year.

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.

The high cost of living

Thursday, Sep 11, 2014 -

— Even if Joanne Gilmore wanted to move back to Buffalo, she can’t afford New York anymore.

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.

The last campaign

Tuesday, Sep 9, 2014 -

SEBRING — In a little more than two years, Sebring Police Department will lose its chief and its commander.

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.

County revives housing authority

Wednesday, Sep 3, 2014 -

— In March 2011, Highlands County commissioners turned down a $1 million federal Neighborhood Stabilization grant and reduced a housing department staff of seven to one woman....

County millage rate likely to rise

Tuesday, Sep 2, 2014 -

— It won’t be official for another two weeks, but commissioners agreed Tuesday to raise the millage rate from 7.1 to 8.55, which will generate another $6.2 million.

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.

Duke Energy will credit customers

Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 -

— Rodney and Susan Ward’s electricity bill was $208 last month.

10% of Highlands citizens decided 1-cent tax

Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014 -

— Six people in downtown Sebring explained why turnout was so low for Tuesday’s statewide primary.

County counts fewer businesses

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 -

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

Highlands deputy salary lowest in six-county region

Friday, Aug 22, 2014 - SEBRING — Jacob Sendziak, 24, is altruistic. Prior to accepting a job as a deputy sheriff, he worked in plumbing, a potentially lucrative trade. But the Wellington High School tuba player and drum major pa...

Landfill study to answer tipping fees, revenues questions

Saturday, Aug 23, 2014 -

— Is Highlands County collecting enough money to close the Arbuckle Creek landfill when the time comes? And is the landfill charging tipping fees at the right level?

Poll workers receive final instructions

Friday, Aug 22, 2014 -

— Penny Ogg had three purposes Thursday evening: to thank 235 poll workers, to hand out longevity awards, and sensitivity training.

Parkway projects depend on 1-penny tax

Thursday, Aug 21, 2014 -

— When will Sebring Parkway Phase 2 be completed?

Harbor Freight coming to Sebring

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 -

— Harbor Freight will demolish the luxurious interior of recently closed The Galleria furniture store building at the southwest entrance of Lakeshore Mall and refurbish it wit...

New ordinance: Don’t feed feral cats

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 -

— County commissioners passed an animal control ordinance Tuesday but again could not find a way to help a man who wants to drive his golf cart on Avon Park Lake streets.

Harbor Freight is coming to Sebring

Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 -

— Tim “the Tool Man” Taylor would be thrilled.

Unfunded mandates: State tasks counties, but offers little or no compensation

Saturday, Aug 16, 2014 -

— Over the years, the Florida Legislature has required county sheriffs to more closely monitor sexual offenders and predators.

Governor bestows service medals on 380 vets

Saturday, Aug 16, 2014 -

— The day he was shot, Cpl. Joshua McKee was just guarding his post, an entry control point at forward operating base Hansen, Afghanistan during 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines&#...

Plans proceed for new sheriff’s office

Thursday, Aug 14, 2014 -

— Will 60 sheriff’s deputies remain at Liberty Star Plaza for another two years, or will those analysts, crime scene investigators, canine officers, Special Investigati...

Child molester found guilty

Thursday, Aug 14, 2014 - — A Highlands County jury took more than three hours to find Clarence Gordon Thorpe guilty Wednesday evening of molesting a 5-year-old girl.

An aging fleet of vehicles

Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014 -

— Highlands County EMS has eight front-line ambulances. Five are older vans with small patient compartments in the back, three are newer one-ton Dodges with larger boxes.

‘New’ District 17 boundaries still unknown

Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014 -

— The Florida Legislature approved new maps on Monday that will alter seven of the state’s congressional districts. However, the vote in the Republican controlled House...

Accused child molester on trial

Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014 -

— According to an arrest warrant, Clarence Gordon Thorpe’s wife Marsha turned over letters in which he admitted to molesting a 5-year-old girl when he was 46.

Redistricting may affect local congressional map

Saturday, Aug 9, 2014 -

— Local election officials are waiting for the House, the Senate, the governor and a Leon County judge before proceeding with the Aug. 26 primary election and the Nov. 4 guber...

Sheriff will trim $1.1 million from budget

Friday, Aug 8, 2014 -

— After two days of budget hearings on Tuesday and Wednesday, county commissioners succeeded in trimming only $90,568 from a $10.8 million deficit.

Human trafficking

Thursday, Aug 7, 2014 -

— A 15-year-old hanging with friends in Ybor City met an older man who offered her a ride home. Instead of taking her home, Weylin Rodriguez drove to Orlando to force C.G. int...

Commissioners start out next budget

Wednesday, Aug 6, 2014 -

—The sheriff might cut $1 million out of her budget, and the IDA-EDC will once again receive full funding.

Commission delays golf-cart decision

Tuesday, Aug 5, 2014 -

—Will Highlands County allow Brandon Bennett to drive a golf cart from his Avon Park Lakes home to Lake Olivia?

Commissioners to tackle $11 million budget deficit

Saturday, Aug 2, 2014 -

— On Tuesday and Wednesday, Highlands County commissioners will discuss how to solve a $10.8 million shortfall.

Ready for the election showdown

Friday, Aug 1, 2014 -

— On Friday, Penny Ogg will test the voting machines on Kenilworth Boulevard and her office in the County Government Center.

Do we have enough water?

Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 -

— We have enough water to last at least until 2035.

One in five citrus acres is diseased

Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 -

— So far, Asian psyllids have infected about 20 percent of the citrus acres in Highlands County.

Project Nitrogen update

Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014 -

— Project Nitrogen is getting closer to a done deal, but it probably won’t happen until December, the county’s economic development director said.

The evolution of fire

Friday, Jul 25, 2014 -

— There are two kinds of fire, according to Stephen Pyne.

Road rage sparks SWAT standoff

Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 -

— A 10 p.m. Friday road-rage incident turned into a SWAT team standoff that lasted until Saturday morning.

Highlands County school board forum

Friday, Jul 25, 2014 -

— The bottom line for seven of the eight school board candidates: they endorsed the half-cent sales tax on the November ballot, but they weren’t warm for the Common C...

Air Force Range’s impact: $68 million

Friday, Jul 25, 2014 -

— Drive northeast to the front gate of Avon Park Air Force Range.

County wants cultural tourists

Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 -

— Mount Dora, Amelia Island, St. Augustine, Cape Canaveral, Tarpon Springs...

Monthly report to the commission

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 - — Bob Germaine reports a series of facts to the commissioners every month: investment earnings in June, $235,120; commission invoices paid, $5.043 million; traffic fin...

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