Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014

Pinnell, Gary

Highlands Today

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...

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.

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