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Wednesday, Mar 04, 2015

Pinnell, Gary

Highlands Today

CitraPac introduced as ‘Project Nitrogen’

Tuesday, Mar 3, 2015 -

— It was nine years in the making, but Project Nitrogen was finally introduced to Highlands County commissioners as CitraPac, a new industry which will sell Fruit Pearls at sc...

Quilts as art

Sunday, Mar 1, 2015 -

— There are the mass-produced quilts for sale at Kmart and Dillard’s, and then there are the hundreds of artistic and crafty quilts, on display at the 2015 Highlands Co...

Sun N’ Lake to upgrade entry, direction signs

Friday, Feb 27, 2015 -

— Supervisors consented Friday to what’s likely to cost more than $250,000 in new signs for Sun N’ Lake.

Council asks for evaluation

Thursday, Feb 26, 2015 -

— Tourist Development Council Member John Griffin has asked for an evaluation of the director.

Amendment 1: What will voters get for $758 million annually?

Thursday, Feb 26, 2015 - — Ben Albritton has a $758 million job this year. He chairs the House Agriculture & Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee, which will guide the Legislature...

Wheels of Steel

Sunday, Feb 22, 2015 -

— Keane West saw a Facebook post and decided to show up Saturday at Highlands Hammock State Park. It was a lucky decision, because he won first place in the first-ever wheelch...

A tale of three downtowns: All languished, but now they're being revitalized

Friday, Feb 20, 2015 - SEBRING — Downtown Lake Placid is almost full. Only two buildings on Interlake Boulevard and two on Main Street are empty. Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Eileen May is almost satisfied. What else w...

24 loans forgiven

Friday, Feb 20, 2015 -

— On Tuesday, Highlands County commissioners forgave about $200,000 in mortgage and home repair loans to 24 Highlands County homeowners. About four times that many homeowners ...

Little Red Water neighbors concerned AP is reaching too far

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2015 -

— Terry Heston said the annexation of a portion of the Little Red Water subdivision is about one thing.

Commissioners nix early Sunday liquor sales

Tuesday, Feb 17, 2015 -

— Yes to Spring Lake, no to Avon Park, and yes to Carl Cool. And no from three commissioners to Sunday morning liquor sales.

Presidents’ Day

Sunday, Feb 15, 2015 -

— Highlands County must have a get-around crowd. Our residents have met every president since – get this – Harry Truman.

Fast food remodels

Saturday, Feb 14, 2015 -

— It started in 2011 with McDonald’s in Avon Park, which was stripped to its bare walls and foundation. Out went the hard, uncomfortable plastic seats, in came the soft...

Clown Prince of Basketball to speak at church

Friday, Feb 13, 2015 - — Mention Meadowlark Lemon, and sports fans of a certain age will respond, “The Harlem Globetrotters.”

Seniors have questions, Expo has answers

Wednesday, Feb 11, 2015 -

— Patty Saunders’ first client, a 98-year-old woman, didn’t want to live in a nursing home. So she paid Comfort at Home Caregivers to feed the pets, shop, transp...

USDA: $30 million to citrus fight

Tuesday, Feb 10, 2015 -

— Psyllid-eating wasps, psyllid-killing fungi, thermal therapy for trees – those are just three of the 15 research projects the U.S. Department of Agriculture funded Mo...

Commissioners following privatization goals

Friday, Feb 6, 2015 -

— A year after Highlands County commissioners talked about privatizing a list of county services, plans are proceeding to do just that with janitorial, recycling and the landf...

Hardee County to see a brand-new Florida Hospital Price tag: up to $30 million

Thursday, Feb 5, 2015 -

SEBRING — Florida Hospital will build a new $25 million to $30-million campus in Hardee County.

Sheriff’s office has medical, psych unit

Wednesday, Feb 4, 2015 -

— Highlands taxpayers might not feel lucky, but $730,000 is way smaller number than $1 billion.

County works out sheriff’s office details

Tuesday, Feb 3, 2015 -

— It costs money to save money.

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.

The return of the eagle

Thursday, Jan 29, 2015 -

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

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.

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...