Pinnell, Gary

Highlands Today

Report: Most Highlands County property is overleveraged

Sunday, May 1, 2016 -

In 2003, Mark Delaney paid $130,000 for a house in Sun ‘n Lake. But in 2007, a man knocked on his door and offered $250,000.

County administrator earns passing grades

Friday, Apr 29, 2016 -

— June Fisher has received mostly threes and fours — satisfactory or excellent — in her evaluations from commissioners.

Sheriff wrote draft termination letter to Avon Park

Thursday, Apr 28, 2016 -

— A squabble between Sheriff Susan Benton and City Manager Julian Deleon is over, as far as he’s concerned.

Five nominated for judgeship

Thursday, Apr 28, 2016 -

Ten applicants for the 10th Circuit judge position have been trimmed to five nominees.

Sun ’n Lake’s Dave Halbig resigns

Tuesday, Apr 26, 2016 -

Sun ’n Lake Supervisor Dave Halbig resigned Friday. He blamed former General Manager Mike Wright for not being supportive when Halbig was “subjected to unfair ...

20 new businesses?

Saturday, Apr 23, 2016 -

If you can, count the number of new businesses springing up in Avon Park, Sebring and Lake Placid. Seventeen? Eighteen? Maybe 20?

Fresh from Florida: Homegrown beef

Friday, Apr 22, 2016 -

– To Don Quincey, pasture-fed beef looks different – yellowish marbling versus white – and the meat is more tender.

Maria Sutherland fired

Saturday, Apr 23, 2016 -

The latest altercation to rock Avon Park came Friday afternoon, when Maria Sutherland was fired by City Manager Julian Deleon.

Rooney announces federal funds to combat citrus greening

Wednesday, Apr 20, 2016 -

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will grant $22 million this year to help citrus producers fight Huanglongbing, or citrus greening.

10 apply for judgeship

Wednesday, Apr 20, 2016 -

Two Highlands County names and one Hardee County name are on the list of attorneys who hope to be appointed to replace retiring Judge J. Dale Durrance.

County approves language to develop recycling contract

Tuesday, Apr 19, 2016 -

— Highlands County commissioners approved language Tuesday to develop a 10-year recycling contract with Progressive Waste Systems. The garbage hauler will pick up trash once a...

Orange estimate climbing

Saturday, Apr 16, 2016 -

Whatever citrus growers are doing, it may be working.

Curbside recycling on commission’s Tuesday agenda

Saturday, Apr 16, 2016 -

It’s been years in the making, but a curbside recycling contract finally will be on Tuesday’s agenda of the Highlands County commissioners.

Pigman talks about bills passed

Friday, Apr 15, 2016 -

— What did State Rep. Cary Pigman get done this year?

Choose before getting into a car

Thursday, Apr 14, 2016 -

– Renee Napier, 57, stood on the left, and Eric Smallridge, 38, on the right. They were at Sebring High School to tell an assembly of students ab...

Swamp Hammock mudpark stuck in bureaucracy

Wednesday, Apr 13, 2016 -

It’s official, according to a former promoter.

70 local roads on resurface list

Wednesday, Apr 13, 2016 -

There’s something for all three municipal areas in Highlands County’s 2015-16 repaving list.

Citrus values expected to decline: ranch prices improve

Tuesday, Apr 12, 2016 -

— In the face of greening, many citrus growers have predicted 2016 will be the last foreseeable break-even year, according to the Lay of The Land Report. What about the price ...

Stewart files for commissioner against Handley

Tuesday, Apr 12, 2016 -

— Now all three commissioners have opponents.

Four running for Congress

Sunday, Apr 10, 2016 -

— The new Congressional District 17 reportedly is 5 percent more Democrat than one that elected Tom Rooney in 2014.

Blood banks seek donations before Zika gets worse

Thursday, Apr 7, 2016 -

— Ask two different blood banks, get two different answers.

Fitch Report: EMS is under-resourced

Wednesday, Apr 6, 2016 -

EMS is “right on the cusp of being under-resourced,” Steven Knight with Fitch & Associates told Highlands County commissioners at their Tuesday night meeti...

Firefighters receive pins, certificates

Wednesday, Apr 6, 2016 -

Emergency Operations Director Tim Eures presented volunteer fire department members on Tuesday with pins for years for five, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 35 years of service.

County will resurface more roads in 2016

Saturday, Apr 2, 2016 -

Petroleum prices are down and sales taxes and gasoline taxes are up, so Highlands County will have enough money to resurface from 32 to 35 miles of paved roads this year.

The Food Network

Friday, Apr 1, 2016 -

— Every week, Gail Escobar and other volunteers drove the Sebring Nazarene Church van or a bigger truck to a food bank in Lakeland or Tampa.

Facilities are upgrading to meet elderly demand

Thursday, Mar 31, 2016 -

At Maranatha Manor, the assisted living facility is building a golf cart ramp.

Personal income grows in Highlands County

Wednesday, Mar 30, 2016 -

Is the Great Recession really over?

Highlands to join new congressional district

Tuesday, Mar 29, 2016 -

— When Highlands County votes for a U.S. representative in the Aug. 30 primary, it will join the new District 17.

Ashley Furniture to open Sebring store

Saturday, Mar 26, 2016 -

And now we know what’s going in the old Circuit City location.

Keeping Lake Istokpoga healthy

Friday, Mar 25, 2016 -

— To Gary Albin, the Army Corps of Engineers’ water management schedule for Lake Istokpoga is backward.

County engineer moving to Alachua County

Friday, Mar 25, 2016 -

— Ramon Gavarrete, Highlands County’s engineer for 18 years, is moving to Alachua County.

Just sittin’ on the dock

Wednesday, Mar 23, 2016 -

It was a Sebring, Florida day out there. The temperature Wednesday morning was still in the 70s, and a breeze came off Lake Jackson.

Ex-employee sues SNL, two supervisors

Tuesday, Mar 22, 2016 -

After four years of relative calm, Sun ’n Lake got back in the news last year when two supervisors and the public works director lawyered up in anticipation of a laws...

County: New strategy to sell SNL properties

Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 -

Highlands County Commissioner Ron Handley was looking over County Attorney Ross Macbeth’s monthly report when something stood out.

Report directs criticism at EMS, fire departments

Friday, Mar 18, 2016 -

— Firefighters wouldn’t allow EMTs to share a building while a new EMS facility is being built. Many fire stations are unclean and in disrepair. A lack of trust, commun...

Peter Powell Roberts museum money vetoed

Friday, Mar 18, 2016 -

SEBRING — Highlands County didn’t ask for much this year, so there was little for Rick Scott to veto.

What’s it like to own a race car?

Thursday, Mar 17, 2016 -

— At age 46, Greg Lodde is already retired from aviation mechanics.

Highlands GOP turnout overwhelms Dems

Wednesday, Mar 16, 2016 -

— It was perhaps no shock that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton swept Highlands County, but there were surprises in Tuesday’s presidential primary.

County rejects Fairmount connection, land deal

Tuesday, Mar 15, 2016 -

— Fairmount Mobile Estates fought county hall, and it worked.

Blackman leads sheriff’s race in campaign contributions

Saturday, Mar 12, 2016 -

— Who will be the next sheriff of Highlands County is a question that won’t be answered until November, but a leader has already emerged in campaign contributions.

Walls going up at new sheriff’s office

Friday, Mar 11, 2016 -

— Last week, Hawkins Construction poured floors for the $9.8 million sheriff’s office. Beside those pads were forms for the walls.

Avon Park officials meet with county’s over proposed fire services agreement

Thursday, Mar 10, 2016 -

— Avon Park City Manager Julian Deleon is offering to pay other Highlands County fire departments to answer the city’s fire calls.

Highlands growers are steaming trees

Thursday, Mar 10, 2016 -

Another tool in the citrus grower’s tool box turns out to be steam.

Coming soon, to a theater near us

Wednesday, Mar 9, 2016 -

The potential sale of the Carmike 8 in Lakeshore Mall could bring needed upgrades, but Monday’s announcement also interrupted a planned remodeling.

Pigman tells his side of fracking story

Saturday, Mar 5, 2016 -

Why did a representative from Central Florida, where there are no known oil or gas reserves, take up a fracking bill?

Let’s eat

Friday, Mar 4, 2016 -

– Thursday afternoon was a quiet time at El Paso, a U.S. 27 service station two blocks north of S.R. 64, so Aldo Cendejas came out of the office for a break.