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Tuesday, Jun 30, 2015

Pinnell, Gary

Highlands Today

2nd firm wants to manage landfill, recycling

Sunday, Jun 28, 2015 -

— A second company is asking to manage Highlands County’s landfill and recycling operations.

Animal euthanasia numbers coming down

Saturday, Jun 27, 2015 -

— Whereever Twyla Ostrowski goes in Lake Placid, she’s still asked what’s going on with the animal control ordinance.

HIV-AIDS all but gone in Highlands

Friday, Jun 26, 2015 -

— If Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach was a state, it would rank sixth in new HIV infections.

Future Boom? Sebring predicted among fastest-growing U.S. cities

Thursday, Jun 25, 2015 -

Since the Great Recession ended, oil towns have dominated America’s fastest-growing economies. Now, gasoline prices have dropped.

Miller denies Griffin’s allegation

Tuesday, Jun 23, 2015 -

— Supervisor Dick Miller had denied violating the Florida Sunshine Law, and will present his defense at the next Sun N’ Lake Improvement District meeting.

Progressive proposes curbside recycling

Saturday, Jun 20, 2015 -

— It’s been years in the making, but Progressive Waste Solutions has finally proposed a recycling deal with Highlands County.

Highlands white majority below 70 percent

Friday, Jun 19, 2015 -

— Every year since 2007, when Christopher van der Kaay was hired as an adjunct instructor, he has seen South Florida State College change.

Last hurricane was a decade ago

Thursday, Jun 18, 2015 -

Ask six people in Lakeshore Mall to name the last hurricane to pass through Highlands County, and they’ll draw a blank.

Flood plain maps are here

Wednesday, Jun 17, 2015 -

— Three years ago, the Federal Emergency Management Agency released preliminary flood plain maps. At Joedene Thayer’s home on Lake Rachael, for instance, it appeared he...

Sheriff’s office bids delayed

Tuesday, Jun 16, 2015 -

— Highlands County will have to wait two weeks to find out how much the proposed sheriff’s office will cost.

Do you know the rules of poverty?

Saturday, Jun 13, 2015 -

The poverty class tends to believe in fate.

When Sebring was young

Friday, Jun 12, 2015 -

— For Sebring, the runup to World War II began with a June 12, 1941 telegram from Congressman J. Hardin Peterson:

Parting is such sweet sorrow

Friday, Jun 12, 2015 -

— General Manager Michael Wright has accepted a $69,000 buyout of his contract. Friday will be his last day at Sun ’n Lake Improvement District.

Halbig to answer Griffin complaints

Thursday, Jun 11, 2015 -

— Sun N’ Lake Supervisor David Halbig plans to reply to Public Works Director Greg Griffin’s complaints at Friday’s board meeting, 9 a.m. in the SNL commu...

No solution yet for Lake Charlotte

Thursday, Jun 11, 2015 -

— While there were more than two opinions about how the county and the state ought to proceed at Lake Charlotte, residents who met Wednesday afternoon at the Bert J. Harris Jr...

Understanding poverty

Wednesday, Jun 10, 2015 -

— Holly Parker lived poor years ago, but her understanding about the mindset of poverty popped open when she attended a United Way seminar.

Florida gas tax 7th highest in USA

Tuesday, Jun 9, 2015 -

— Richard Miller moved from Detroit to Houston, then to Highlands County.

Census: Sebring, Lake Placid lose population

Sunday, Jun 7, 2015 -

— If the U.S. Census is to be believed – and officials in two cities question the latest estimates – then inner city residents are moving to the county.

Sports complex isn’t profitable

Saturday, Jun 6, 2015 -

— It’s 10 a.m. Thursday, and the 60-plus men’s league is taking batting practice. The pitcher delivers highlighter-yellow softballs, and bam, bam, bam, the hitte...

Elections office will stay downtown

Thursday, Jun 4, 2015 -

SEBRING – Highlands County is remodeling the Kenilworth Office Building to store elections equipment and records, but the supervisor of election’s office will remain in the Government Center, Supervisor Pen...

Heartland Triathlon grows to 1,200 participants

Wednesday, Jun 3, 2015 -

— How did the Heartland Triathlon grow from under 1,000 last year to more than 1,200 this year?

Summer tourism plan to be partially implemented

Tuesday, Jun 2, 2015 -

— The county is withholding the implementation of its summer marketing plan while identifying target customers.

Ready to change the world

Sunday, May 31, 2015 -

— In a word, it was touching.

SNL Supervisor wants Wright to resign

Saturday, May 30, 2015 -

— Two supervisors and the public works director had already lawyered up in anticipation of a lawsuit; on Friday one of those supervisors was asked to resign, and the other sug...

‘We honor you today’

Saturday, May 30, 2015 -

— “We struggled to make friends, and we became us,” Alana Reid told her fellow students, “But us is no more.”

Tourism director resigns

Thursday, May 28, 2015 - — Tourist Development Council Director John Scherlacher resigned Tuesday.

Three hire lawyers in SNL dustup

Thursday, May 28, 2015 -

— Public Works Director Greg Griffin has retained an attorney, and two Sun N’ Lake supervisors are now asking for the district to pay for their lawyers as well. Possibl...

Business establishments making up recession losses

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 -

— Olivia Goolsby opened LaShimmer last November in downtown Sebring.

County has new housing coalition

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 -

Heartland Community Housing Organization has expanded its charter to include two more south-central Florida counties, hired an executive director, and beefed up its marketing plan.

YMCA Family Fun Day draws a crowd

Monday, May 25, 2015 -

— It was all fun and games Saturday morning during Family Fun Day at the Highlands County Family YMCA, but don’t miss the point.

Sebring carjacker found dead in St. Pete

Saturday, May 23, 2015 -

— A 44-year-old Sebring man wanted for attempted murder, kidnapping and carjacking in Polk County has been found dead in St. Petersburg.

Fountains, benches planned for Lake Jackson

Friday, May 22, 2015 -

— Water fountains, benches, bike racks and new playground equipment are planned for parks in Sebring and Highlands Park.

Texting while driving hard to enforce, fines are minimal

Thursday, May 21, 2015 -

— Allie Slager and her friends were headed to the beach a few months ago.

Lake Charlotte residents to decide on county maintenance

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 -

— Residents will decide for themselves whether Lake Charlotte will be accepted for county maintenance.

County may spend $600,000 on sand skinks

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 -

— Highlands County commissioners had a choice Tuesday: buy conservation credits for $374,981, or buy 50 acres of land for $600,000.

Two new designer synthetics being sold in South Florida

Saturday, May 16, 2015 -

— Is the newest designer drug here in Highlands County?

Old time religion

Friday, May 15, 2015 -

— By 2050, Muslims will overtake Jews as the second-largest religious sect in America. That’s according to a Pew Research Center estimate.

Recycling proposal put off until June

Friday, May 15, 2015 -

— Progressive Waste Solutions has estimated Highlands County could save $10 million over a 20-year period. Discussions about the company taking over the landfill and recycling...

Doubleday, Jahna resign from IDA-EDC board

Thursday, May 14, 2015 -

— Donna Doubleday resigned Wednesday as the chairwoman of the Highlands County IDA-EDC, and Fred Jahna also announced he was quitting as secretary of the board.

Fla. Supreme Court chief pushes for civil justice

Thursday, May 14, 2015 -

— If a low-income Floridian is arrested, his liberty is endangered, so the Constitution requires the judge to appoint a public defender. “There is no such thing in a ci...

Drunk and drugged drivers take to our roads

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 -

— See that car coming?

Hurner the new extension director

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 -

— Laurie Hurner has become the Highlands County extension director.

Who loves smart phones more, kids or seniors?

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 -

— Ray and Beverly White wouldn’t travel without their iPhones and iPads.

Info, IT jobs make small local footprint

Sunday, May 10, 2015 -

— The information sector has a tiny impact on Highlands County’s workforce, according to the most recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau and Career Source Heartland.

Capital budget: five years of shortfalls predicted

Friday, May 8, 2015 -

— The $23.6 million commissioners borrowed Tuesday to build Highlands County Sheriff’s Office and Sebring Parkway Phase 3 will balance the capital budget until Fiscal Y...

Commissioners frustrated with slow construction

Thursday, May 7, 2015 -

One Highlands County commissioner got tired on Tuesday of county projects that seem to continue for years without progress.

Illegal dumps

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 -

— Should Highlands County pay up to $300,000 for anti-dumping campaigns, whistleblower rewards, hidden cameras, tire buybacks, waived tipping fees, and one deputy assigned onl...

County borrows $23.6 million to pay for sheriff’s office, Parkway Phase 3 Illegal dump program adopted

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 -

— Now the Highlands County commissioners know where the money will come from to build a new sheriff’s office and to complete Sebring Parkway Phase 3.

CitraPac groundbreaking scheduled for this month

Saturday, May 2, 2015 -

— CitraPac will schedule a May ground breaking for its manufacturing center at Sebring Regional Airport, company president Dan Harshmann said.