Sunday, Feb 01, 2015

Pinnell, Gary

Highlands Today

More than 400 ‘Baker Acted’ in county last year

Saturday, Jan 31, 2015 -

— In 2014, the Highlands County clerk of the courts processed 380 Baker Act petitions.

Sebring cheerleaders win 2015 championship

Saturday, Jan 31, 2015 -

SEBRING — When Sebring High School cheerleaders return from Kissimmee, they will bring back a tall plaque.

Highlands Arts League is Sebring’s business of the year

Friday, Jan 30, 2015 -

— The surprise at Thursday’s Sebring Chamber of Commerce banquet was that the Business of the Year wasn’t a business.

Sebring man charged with battery

Friday, Jan 30, 2015 -

— After a Highlands County sheriff’s deputy investigated the case of a missing 16-year-old boy, he returned home and reported he had met a 39-year-old Sebring man for s...

LP man allegedly stole 3,225 gallons of gas

Friday, Jan 30, 2015 -

— A Lake Placid man has been accused of burglary and stealing between $10,000 and $20,000 worth of gasoline and other items from Happiness Farms on CR 621.

The return of the eagle

Thursday, Jan 29, 2015 -

— In the 1990s, Dr. Joan Morrison rarely saw a bald eagle in Highlands County.

LP Police search for burglars

Thursday, Jan 29, 2015 -

LAKE PLACID — Police detectives are investigating four burglaries that happened between Saturday afternoon and Tuesday evening.

Website checks pharmacies for lowest prices

Wednesday, Jan 28, 2015 -

— Two questions: how many pharmacies are in Highlands County? Which one has the cheapest price for, say, Lipitor?

Significant rise in premature babies

Tuesday, Jan 27, 2015 -

— In 2013, 105 Highlands County babies were born prematurely. Nine died.

State Rep. Pigman has an opponent

Monday, Jan 26, 2015 -

— Candidates for 2016 elections are already filing for office and raising money.

Architects, county shave dollars from proposed sheriff’s office

Monday, Jan 26, 2015 -

SEBRING — A month after learning that the proposed new sheriff’s office was $2.5 million over budget, Sheriff Susan Benton and County Engineer Ramon Gavarrete met with architects in an attempt to save dolla...

A busy winter

Friday, Jan 23, 2015 -

— Year-around residents are aware of the 16,000 visitors that pack Highlands County in fall and winter.

Wind damage at Avon Parks Lake

Saturday, Jan 24, 2015 -

AVON PARK — Lt. Sean Casey thinks a tornado must have hit Avon Park Lakes, a subdivision northwest of the city. Highlands County Emergency Management Director Scott Canaday is pretty sure it was a straight-line wi...

NTSB doesn’t reveal how airshow crash occurred

Friday, Jan 23, 2015 -

— The National Transportation Safety Board has released a preliminary report on the fatal plane crash Jan. 16 at Sebring Regional Airport’s aviation expo, but it doesn&...

Architect hired for roof replacement

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2015 -

— Her roof has leaked for years, Sheriff Susan Benton said.

Counterfeit bills passed at Lakeshore Mall

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2015 -

— A Sebring woman has been arrested for finding a new way to launder money.

Who is Project Nitrogen?

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015 - — Tuesday was the day when taxpayers were finally supposed to learn the identity of Project Nitrogen. Instead, there was another snafu.

A life story, according to Story Musgrave From high school dropout to NASA, one step at a time

Saturday, Jan 17, 2015 -

— How did Story Musgrave get from farm boy to high school dropout to airplane mechanic to graduate degrees in math, computers, chemistry, medicine, physiology and literature? ...

Plane crash pilot, passenger identified

Saturday, Jan 17, 2015 -

— Highlands County Sheriff’s Office has identified the pilot and passenger of the Friday morning plane crash at Sebring Regional Airport.

Air expo reporters from around the world

Friday, Jan 16, 2015 -

— Ask Marino Boric why he comes to the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo.

Is same-sex marriage boom over?

Thursday, Jan 15, 2015 -

— Same-sex marriages blasted Florida on Jan. 6 like a sonic boom. Since then, not so much.

IDA hires interim exec

Wednesday, Jan 14, 2015 -

— As soon as she passes a background check, Michelle Boylan will become the Industrial Development Authority-Economic Development Commission’s next executive director.<...

Obama amnesty not affecting Highlands

Tuesday, Jan 13, 2015 -

— In November, Barack Obama signed an executive order to prevent as many as 5 million people from being deported.

Woman can’t sell home until commissioners release covenant

Friday, Jan 9, 2015 -

— Commissioners on Tuesday released affordable-housing restrictions on a mobile home owned by real estate agent Anita Zahn.

What to do with dying graveyards?

Thursday, Jan 8, 2015 -

— Cleve Prescott’s grandmother sold the family cemetery long ago. Now the graves are so neglected, some have disappeared.

County OKs EMS-fire state study

Tuesday, Jan 6, 2015 -

— Commissioners approved a study to determine where to build future fire and EMS stations, and they learned in Tuesday’s meeting that the landfill closure fund was $1 m...

Project Nitrogen, landfill study on county agenda

Monday, Jan 5, 2015 -

— Project Nitrogen will be on today’s county commission agenda, but the owner and the product will not be introduced, Sebring Regional Airport Authority Director Mike W...

Gay marriage comes to Highlands County

Saturday, Jan 3, 2015 -

— It’s official. If gay couples want to tie the knot in Highlands County, Bob Germaine’s office will issue marriage licenses on Tuesday morning.

Your insurance premiums may go down

Friday, Jan 2, 2015 -

— Check your 2014 and 2015 home, business and auto insurance policies. After Jan. 1, a 1.3 percent emergency assessment for the Florida Catastrophe Fund may not appear.

Florida is popular again

Wednesday, Dec 31, 2014 -

— Florida was the second-most popular destination for movers in 2014. That’s according to a national report from Allied Van Lines, but it’s also Dave Gibson ...

What happens to the blood you donated?

Tuesday, Dec 30, 2014 -

— So you donated blood. What happens next?

Commissioners serve on 29 committees

Saturday, Dec 27, 2014 -

— Commissioners Greg Harris and Jim Brooks will have difficult assignments next year.

Does suspicion of government go back to the Boston Tea Party?

Friday, Dec 26, 2014 -

Cheap gas means less money in the tank

Saturday, Dec 27, 2014 -

— The price of gasoline rose a nickel or a dime on Friday at some Sebring stations. But still, when was the last time a gallon sold for $2.28 cents, as it did at Race Track in...

Avon Park v. Highlands County

Wednesday, Dec 24, 2014 - — After a history of complaints from neighbors, the City of Avon Park decided to clean the lot at 1354 Memorial Drive.

Jimmy Whitehouse scholarship available

Wednesday, Dec 24, 2014 -

— College students who are registered to vote could be eligible for a $1,200 scholarship named for a former Highlands County Elections supervisor.

Will citrus remain profitable in 2015?

Wednesday, Dec 24, 2014 -

— Canker, greening, freezes, hurricanes, federal immigration problems that limit picking crews.

Rescue squad practices in confined space

Sunday, Dec 21, 2014 -

— It was just three years ago and about three blocks away at a former Georgia Pacific plant that a 300,000 gallon water tank burst, collapsing a building and killing two w...

Lake Jackson canal to be dredged

Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 -

— Although it’s passable now, the City of Sebring is paying $200,000 to move its utilities and the Florida Department of Transportation will take bids next year to dred...

Highlands County has a bear problem

Thursday, Dec 18, 2014 -

— They’re meat eaters, so polar bears and grizzly bears attack humans.

Three dozen road, airport projects planned

Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014 -

— Two in Lake Placid. Two at Sun N’ Lake of Sebring. Four more for Avon Park Executive Airport. Four around Lake Josephine. Thirteen surrounding Sebring. Roadwork is ev...

Commission fires Orlando ad agency

Tuesday, Dec 16, 2014 -

— Highlands County commissioners cancelled a contract with a high-powered Orlando advertising agency which didn’t do a “wow” job on a tourism project. Com...

Pardon me boys, is that the Highlands County choo choo?

Sunday, Dec 14, 2014 -

— Locomotives cost $500. Each full-length train, boxcars, tracks may cost $10,000. Sebring Model Railroad Club’s entire setup at Lakeshore Mall takes nearly an entire d...

For Christmas, Ranae Rivera will finally meet her mother

Saturday, Dec 13, 2014 - — All her life, Ranae Rivera had wanted to find her birth mother, so she submitted her name to the Florida Adoption Registry as soon as she turned 18.

Long life doesn’t equal healthy income

Thursday, Dec 11, 2014 -

— The poor economy and old age are increasingly uncomfortable for Highlands County seniors, according to new U.S. Census figures.

Dogfighter found guilty

Thursday, Dec 11, 2014 -

— It took a Highlands County jury just 30 minutes to find James Thomas Reed guilty of fighting dogs and cruelty to animals.

Sun N’ Lake seeks tax exemptions

Wednesday, Dec 10, 2014 -

— Sun N’ Lakes of Sebring will try again to persuade the Highlands County appraiser to exempt its golf course and tennis courts from property taxes.

The unlovely sand skink

Tuesday, Dec 9, 2014 -

— Highlands County may have to pay $378,000 to solve a sand skink problem.

Alleged dogfighter in court today

Tuesday, Dec 9, 2014 -

— James Reed was scheduled to be in court Tuesday and today to answer 22 charges of cruelty to animals and using animals to fight or bait.

Three EMS stations on hold

Saturday, Dec 6, 2014 -

— If not now, when? That’s the question Harvey Craven asked.

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