Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014

Pinnell, Gary

Highlands Today

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...

Foreclosure market settling back to normal

Saturday, Jul 19, 2014 -

SEBRING — In 2009, the worst of the housing bust, banks completed 1,508 foreclosures in Highlands County.

Are drones flying over Avon Park?

Friday, Jul 18, 2014 -

In two county commission meetings, Dale Pflug has asked if the U.S. Air Force is flying drones outside the Avon Park Air Force Bombing Range.

Michael Branham is dead

Friday, Jul 18, 2014 - — Convicted murderer Michael Branham died July 10 at Dade Correctional Institution, a Florida Department of Corrections official has confirmed.

Which veterans should be honored?

Thursday, Jul 17, 2014 -

— Should veterans with something less than honorable discharges be eligible for a $75-a-month tax break for serving in a combat zone?

WE WANT TO KNOW: Will you marry a gay partner?

Thursday, Jul 17, 2014 -

Circuit Court Judge Luis Garcia has struck down Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage.

County taxes may go up

Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 -

— This time, it looks like the Highlands County commissioners might really raise taxes.

Commissioners to ponder $10 million deficit

Monday, Jul 14, 2014 -

— The Great Recession started in December 2007 and ended in June 2009. That’s according to the U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research.

Project Acorn Volunteers plant 7,000 oak trees on the Lake Wales Ridge

Saturday, Jul 12, 2014 -

— Florida Fish and Wildlife’s Royce Unit is a few thousand feet from the western shore of Lake Istokpoga. The soil is black and mucky.

Pedal to the metal

Friday, Jul 11, 2014 -

— At the dawn of 2014, Motor City analysts expected sales to grow, but at a slower pace than 2013. Turns out, this year is even better.

Man arrested for abusing girlfriend

Friday, Jul 11, 2014 -

— A 32-year-old Sebring man was booked Wednesday after his live-in girlfriend reported he became violent, accused her of having sex with a neighbor, threatened to kill her and...

Financial forms reveal political wealth

Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 -

— Steve Carr doesn’t file a Disclosure of Financial Interest form because he’s a commander at the Sebring Police Department; he’s required by the Florida ...

Pot-bellied pigs OK

Wednesday, Jul 9, 2014 -

— A pot-bellied pig’s place is in the home, the Planning & Zoning Commission will recommend to the county commission next month, and maybe it should be okay to rais...

New ordinance would let pot-bellies inside the house

Sunday, Jul 6, 2014 -

— If a proposed ordinance is adopted, pot-bellied pigs may be redefined as household pets.

Funding plans finalized for new sheriff’s office

Sunday, Jul 6, 2014 -

— Highlands County is likely still 10 months away from breaking ground on a $9.1 million new law enforcement facility, County Engineer Ramon Gavarrete said Thursday.

Dollars stores pick unusual locations

Thursday, Jul 3, 2014 -

— When Dollar General spent $1.1 million to build a second store for Avon Park, the 75-year-old, Goodlettsville, Tenn. corporation didn’t choose another shopping center...

County, city may give school lunch provider $1 million

Tuesday, Jul 1, 2014 -

— Whomever Project Nitrogen is, Highlands County commissioners voted 5-0 Tuesday to offer a $250,000 incentive grant this year, another $150,000 next year, and spend $229,578 ...

County selling surplus real estate

Sunday, Jun 29, 2014 -

— Yet another sign that the Great Recession is losing its grip on Highlands County? Tax Collector Eric Zwayer offered fewer tax certificates for sale this year.

Who’s that knocking?

Friday, Jun 27, 2014 -

— If the phone or the door bell rings, it may be John and Tina Altic calling.

Spring Lake named Florida’s No. 1 special district

Thursday, Jun 26, 2014 - — Joe DeCerbo finger-scrolled through the photos on his electronic tablet.

Plans revealed for apartments, villas

Wednesday, Jun 25, 2014 -

— Last week, Sebring City Council approved preliminary plans to build 243 apartments near the south Publix in Sebring, and Highlands County commissioners voted to allow 50 vil...

Is Highlands County getting enough rain?

Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014 - — Is South Florida getting enough rain since the rainy season started? Yes, in spots.

Eyes in the sky will watch illegal dumpers

Sunday, Jun 22, 2014 -

— Soon, they’ll be watching if you illegally dump tires, couches and oil bottles in public places.

Juneteenth celebrated in Sebring

Sunday, Jun 22, 2014 -

— Perhaps if three funerals hadn’t been held Saturday, Juneteenth would have crawling with visitors.

Highlands County will see two school board races

Saturday, Jun 21, 2014 -

— Of the 11 possible races in Highlands County, only four drew opponents and will be on the Aug. 26 ballot, Assistant Supervisor of Elections Karen Kensinger said Friday.

State proposes new largemouth bass limits

Friday, Jun 20, 2014 -

— Expect more — and bigger — fish in the lakes if Florida Fish & Wildlife has its way with proposed regulations.

It’s qualifying week Races possible for state senator, county commission, school board

Thursday, Jun 19, 2014 -

— This is the week when Don Elwell, Jack Richie, Bill Brantley, Dick Miller and Bill Galvano find out if they have opponents.

Four pro bowlers coming to Sebring Will bowl, teach, meet public

Wednesday, Jun 18, 2014 -

— Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Randy Pedersen, Jason Belmonte and Mike Fagan.

Commissioners to talk about new industrial prospect

Tuesday, Jun 17, 2014 -

— The big news Tuesday wasn’t putting a 1 percent sales tax on the Aug. 26 primary ballot, or even a three-year moratorium on impact fees. Those issues have been discus...

WE WANT TO KNOW Have you been asked for your car’s black box after an accident?

Tuesday, Jun 17, 2014 -

Black boxes help solve crimes and untangle alibis. After Timothy Murray crashed his Ford Crown Victoria in 2011, the lieutenant governor of Massachusetts told police he was wearing a seat belt and wasn’t speeding....

County to vote on impact fees, one-cent tax

Monday, Jun 16, 2014 -

— Money will be the principal topic of the Highlands County commission meeting at 9 a.m. today at Government Center, 600 S. Commerce.

Highlands courtrooms will be busy with big cases

Saturday, Jun 14, 2014 -

— Child molestation, dog fighting, credit card theft, and two parents accused of letting their children die. Those five are among the dozen circuit court cases scheduled for t...

If your dad was still around, what would you tell him?

Friday, Jun 13, 2014 -

Renee Wells, Judy Ann McCarter, Dalne Kennedy and Flo Cooper didn’t share the same father, but their dads shared the same quality.

It’s not all about the hunt

Friday, Jun 13, 2014 -

— The website is huntforvets.com, but the name of the organization, Sportsmen’s Foundation for Military Families, gives more information about what goes on at Danny Sant...

Freaky Fridays

Thursday, Jun 12, 2014 -

— If your alarm clock didn’t go off this morning and your breakfast started with sour milk, well, today is Friday the 13th.

AP bank robbery case still not final

Wednesday, Jun 11, 2014 -

— It was arguably Avon Park’s most famous bank robbery, and although the stick-up men — actually, they were just teenagers — were caught and sentenced the...

Who earned the most from Highlands County’s checkbook?

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014 - — David Flowers sees the electric bills for all of the 43 buildings he maintains.

Municipalities, school board also concerned about same-sex insurance coverage

Saturday, Jun 7, 2014 -

— The controversial subject of same-sex spouse insurance coverage continues in Highlands County.

Lorida man arrested for burglarizing dead grandad’s trailer

Saturday, Jun 7, 2014 -

— Deputies have charged a Lorida man with breaking into the home of his deceased grandfather.

Females outpace males in college enrollment

Friday, Jun 6, 2014 -

— In the late 1960s, when Leana Revell attended college in Texas, there were just three traditional female roles. “You could be a mother, a teacher or a nurse.”...

Paramedic wins second employment hearing

Friday, Jun 6, 2014 -

— A paramedic supervisor who was fired by Highlands County Emergency Medical Services will have a new hearing, the Reemployment Assistance Appeals Commission decided on May 29...

WE WANT TO KNOW: Were you born on Friday the 13th?

Thursday, Jun 5, 2014 -

June 13 will be an unlucky Friday, according to superstition.

Voting precinct changes announced

Wednesday, Jun 4, 2014 -

— If you voted in 2012 at Restoration Center in Sebring, South Florida State College or the Venus Clubhouse, you’ll have new polling places this year.

WE WANT TO KNOW: What would you like to tell Dad?

Wednesday, Jun 4, 2014 -

Commissioners approve same-sex insurance benefits

Tuesday, Jun 3, 2014 -

— Elwell argued both sides of the issue over the past two weeks: should the commissioners allow a gay employee to add his spouse to his Florida Blue insurance policy.

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