Thursday, Nov 27, 2014

Pinnell, Gary

Highlands Today

Who’s the Biggest Loser?

Sunday, Nov 23, 2014 - — After Bettye Hart competes in a race, she usually wears the T-shirt to class the next day. Her sixth- and eighth-grade Avon Park Middle School students ask, a little...

Paradise to build aircraft in Sebring

Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 -

— Back in 2005, Paradise Aircraft had a distributor at Sebring Regional Airport.

Blue Head Ranch sells again

Thursday, Nov 20, 2014 -

— Blue Head Ranch has sold for a second time in one year.

New sheriff’s building $2.5 million over budget

Wednesday, Nov 19, 2014 - — Construction projects often finish over budget, but commissioners were nevertheless stunned to hear a 22 percent difference between their county engineer’s pre...

Hospital suing county over property taxes

Tuesday, Nov 18, 2014 -

Highlands Regional Medical Center has been suing the county over its property taxes since 2007; commissioners voted Tuesday to close a half-mile of Shop 16 Road at the reque...

Week of the Family All the fun allowed on a Saturday

Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 -

— This was the first time Malachi Millerd and Logan McGilberry had ever been on a horse. Both boys squealed and looked proudly at their parents.

America’s band

Friday, Nov 14, 2014 -

AVON PARK – Only a few American bands can sing 15 hits and still leave out favorites like “Since I Lost My Baby,” and “You’re My Everything.”

Finding subcontractors difficult as construction picks up

Thursday, Nov 13, 2014 -

— David Spain is building eight new houses at once, but when he was hired to put up a house in Golf Hammock, he brought his own Polk County subcontractors.

County reorganization

Wednesday, Nov 12, 2014 - —Highlands County management was reorganized last month to become more streamlined.

School protest

Wednesday, Nov 12, 2014 -

Brandy Grantham and her mother, Sara Gilbreath, stand in front the district office of the School Board of Highlands County Tuesday to show their disapproval with the school district concerning issues affecting Grantham&#...

Who pays the bill?

Tuesday, Nov 11, 2014 -

— A hearing has been set for today and Thursday in Tallahassee for Florida hospitals that are challenging state policy on who will pay for emergency care for undocumented immi...

Thousands came to CCC Festival

Sunday, Nov 9, 2014 -

— It was the CCC Festival, but the star may have been a six-foot reptile with a red tail.

Parkway phase 2 picks up new funds

Friday, Nov 7, 2014 -

— There may eventually be a Sebring Parkway Phase 4, but not in the next few years.

The secret life of chili

Saturday, Nov 8, 2014 -

— So, what’s the secret to award-winning chili?

Tax collections are increasing

Thursday, Nov 6, 2014 -

— After seven straight years of falling real estate tax levies, the number is finally rising again.

County’s HR manager fired

Friday, Nov 7, 2014 -

— Melissa Bruns, the human resources manager for Highlands County, was terminated Tuesday.

Contrarian voters

Wednesday, Nov 5, 2014 -

— Highlands County has proven one of the most steadfastly conservative in Florida, but there are contrarian precincts.

County sells marl pit, 27 other properties

Tuesday, Nov 4, 2014 -

— Commissioners disregarded a petition and a request not to sell the abandoned county marl pit to a bidder who may want to raise alligators. They also agreed to look into havi...

Highlands County slams medical pot, supported Scott and other incumbents

Tuesday, Nov 4, 2014 -

— Highlands County voters chose incumbent Republican Gov. Rick Scott over Democrat Charlie Crist, 18,840 to 11,041, and preferred not to legalize medical marijuana with Consti...

Spring Lake breaks ground on stormwater treatment

Sunday, Nov 2, 2014 -

— Spring Lake Improvement District and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection broke ground Oct. 31 on a 70-acre storm water system improvement project, which w...

While you were gone: Highlands County stayed busy this summer

Friday, Oct 31, 2014 -

Building inspector saw rural county become a micropolitan area

Friday, Oct 31, 2014 -

— There’s a world where Lakeshore Mall and Shelby Crossing didn’t exist. There was only one movie theater in Highlands County, and it was the twin screen at Sebr...

Thousands turn out for Sebring's annual Arts festival

Saturday, Nov 1, 2014 - — Maria Boley goes to arts and crafts festivals as far away as Mount Dora and Coconut Grove,

Sheriff’s captain finds his father, and learns of hereditary cancer

Thursday, Oct 30, 2014 -

— It’s not a coincidence, and it’s not fate; Randy LaBelle thinks it’s an act of God.

Sebring is not nation’s poorest city

Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014 -

— No doubt about it, Sebring and Highlands County rank low in median income, but an online publication’s assessment of Sebring as the nation’s poorest city appea...

Sheriff’s office rejoins county insurance fund

Tuesday, Oct 28, 2014 -

— The sheriff’s office is back, and the county commissioners are glad.

Paying attention to domestic violence

Saturday, Oct 11, 2014 -

— Violence isn’t inevitable, and it isn’t somebody else’s problem, says Clerk of Courts Bob Germaine.

Political signs being destroyed

Friday, Oct 10, 2014 -

James Parker appeal denied

Friday, Oct 10, 2014 -

— The appeal of James Hilton Parker has been denied.

More conservation easements purchased

Thursday, Oct 9, 2014 -

— When Dean Saunders was in the House of Representatives, he helped pass legislation so that Florida could buy conservation easements. Almost two decades later, he’s ma...

America, Highlands growing more Hispanic

Wednesday, Oct 8, 2014 -

— International migration likely will surpass births and deaths as the principal driver of U.S. population growth by the middle of this century.

Clerk: Don’t privatize janitors at courthouse

Tuesday, Oct 7, 2014 -

— Privatizing janitorial services won’t work at Highlands County Courthouse, Clerk of Courts Bob Germaine told county commissioners Tuesday.

After three years, remodeling job unfinished

Sunday, Oct 5, 2014 -

— It’s a case of she said, they said.

Octoberfest was Saturday in Avon Park

Sunday, Oct 5, 2014 -

— Where else to find local artists than the arts and crafts shows, as Cherrie Platt, Joseph Anthony and Nikka Pallone proved Saturday at Octoberfest.

These days, few earn minimum wage

Saturday, Oct 4, 2014 -

— Florida’s minimum wage went up to $7.93 per hour in January, 68 cents higher than the federal low.

Who votes and why

Friday, Oct 3, 2014 -

— Richard Norris fits a Pew Research profile of regular voters: He’s lived in his community more than two decades, he’s interested in local politics, and he ...

So, when will this rainy season end?

Thursday, Oct 2, 2014 -

— The lakes are full and the water table is high, so expect flooding if rains continue like the past 10 days. That’s from water management and Highlands County official...

Every business should expect cyber attacks

Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014 -

— There’s a new threat, and so there’s a new normal in network security: every business is vulnerable to cyber-attacks.

Is there Facebook after death?

Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014 -

— Facebookers can compile highlights and, depending on how much they’ve shared (the social media was founded just 10 years ago), there could be movies, photo collection...

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