Pinnell, Gary

Highlands Today

Sebring seniors didn’t fall for scam

Sunday, May 22, 2016 -

If a guy who calls himself David Peterson calls from Fargo, N.D. and says you’ve won $2.5 million from Publisher’s Clearing House, don’t send him any mo...

Cleaning up Highlands County

Friday, May 20, 2016 -

— After Highlands County’s second tire buyback, then-County Engineer Ramon Gavarrete said citizens were learning.

Will Dems, GOP support Clinton, Trump?

Saturday, May 21, 2016 -

— As two of the most unlikeable candidates in presidential campaign history prepare to square off, the question is whether members of their own parties will vote for them.

New owner learns the golf business

Thursday, May 19, 2016 -

— Edd Vowels and his friends have been playing at Spring Lake Golf Resort for years, so they heard that Wauchula State Bank had planned to shut it down by mid-May.

Contractor won’t warranty new sheriff’s roof

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 -

— Highlands County will spend an additional $46,000 to put a roof over its new law enforcement building, commissioners moved cautiously forward with recommendations from the 1...

Chief justice tells good-old-days stories about dopers, forgetful cops

Friday, May 13, 2016 -

— Jorge Labarga is the chief justice of the Florida Supreme Court, but Labarga the raconteur told lots of stories about the good old days when he was a prosecutor, trial judge...

Oliveros wins Clifton Kelly award

Friday, May 13, 2016 -

— The winner of the Judge Clifton M. Kelly Award was, coincidentally, the president of the Highlands County Bar Association and a man who had never met Jani Branham.

Fire chiefs recommend changes

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 -

In April, Fitch released its report to the commissioners about fire and EMS. On Tuesday, the fire chiefs had their say.

Zoning board approves alligator farm expansion

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 -

After a marathon meeting, the Zoning Board of Adjustment approved a special exception for Parker Island Gator Farm II, 1637 County Road 29, in Lake Placid.

How can pedestrians protect themselves?

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 -

— Dustin Hall, 19, was struck by a car about 9 p.m. Saturday as he walked north in the northbound lane of Kenilworth Boulevard.

Salary study may raise county pay

Saturday, May 7, 2016 -

During the Great Recession, Highlands County employees didn’t get a pay raise for six years. For the past two years, they accepted about 3 percent increases.

School vaccinations

Thursday, May 5, 2016 -

— Immunization numbers are higher in Highlands County, but around Florida, 7 percent of kindergartners and 9.4 percent seventh graders did not get initial doses or boosters of...

Federal bill would jail those who prey on former soldiers

Thursday, May 5, 2016 -

— Vicki Hicks controlled her father’s financial affairs for over 13 years. She was supposed to use his money for his benefit.

Commissioners accept recycling contract

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 -

— It’s finally official. After years of thinking, planning, proposing and planning some more for recycling, Highlands County commissioners accepted a contract with Prog...

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.