Pinnell, Gary

Highlands Today

The Maple Leaf State?

Friday, Nov 27, 2015 -

After coming to Florida sporadically for years, Fred and Sally Adams took advantage of the depressed real estate market and purchased three homes in Highlands County in earl...

Medical marijuana gets a start

Wednesday, Nov 25, 2015 -

SEBRING — After three years in remission, Marge Judy’s rheumatoid arthritis came back in May. Weekly Methotrexate shots seemed to improve the condition.

Biologists hope 250 carp will eat hydrilla

Tuesday, Nov 24, 2015 -

— Randy Camps oftentimes cosies up his boat to a patch of hydrilla and drops a hook for bass. But he wasn’t concerned Tuesday morning about waterweed control.

Top 10 employers in Highlands County

Sunday, Nov 22, 2015 -

— Highlands County’s population will likely push over the 100,000 milestone again this year, so Florida Hospital keeps hiring.

Construction begins on new law enforcement facility

Saturday, Nov 21, 2015 -

The clock has begun ticking on a new sheriff’s office.

TDC reveals record website numbers

Thursday, Nov 19, 2015 -

— More than 12,000 people viewed during the summer advertising campaign, and half were from the Fort Lauderdale-Miami area, Tourism Director Casey Har...

Lake Placid surpasses Avon Park in business census

Wednesday, Nov 18, 2015 -

Jennifer Dickerson likes coming to work 30 minutes early. She sits outside in the nook of businesses on North Main Street among the flowers and the palm trees.

Commissioners OK conservation credits for Parkway Phase 3

Tuesday, Nov 17, 2015 -

— Commissioners put periods on a couple of long-terms projects Tuesday.

Impact fees: Should a tax on new homes and businesses be reinstituted?

Saturday, Nov 14, 2015 -

When commissioners adopted impact fees on new homes and new businesses in September 2006, Highlands County was booming. More than 2,000 houses had been built in the previous...

CCC Festival returned to Sebring

Saturday, Nov 14, 2015 -

The legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps, the young Depression-era men who built Highlands Hammock State Park and thousands of other buildings and bridges around the na...

Olives among latest Highlands County efforts

Friday, Nov 13, 2015 -

– After losing crops due to citrus greening, the late Jack Paul planted an olive grove three years ago on Old State Road 8, a mile south of Archbold Biological Station.

Shinholser opponent tosses $200,000 into judge’s race

Thursday, Nov 12, 2015 -

SEBRING — Florida judges and candidates are highly restricted about what they can say, so most campaigns are barely visible.

Watering Hole noise ‘not injurious,’ special magistrate says

Thursday, Nov 12, 2015 -

SEBRING — Highlands County Deputy Jake Riley testified Thursday that noise from Cowpoke’s Watering Hole was clearly audible on the night of Oct. 3, 2014, but Special Magistrate Pam Karlson found that it was...

Watering Hole will fight $100 noise ticket

Wednesday, Nov 11, 2015 -

SEBRING — On the west side, there’s Cowpoke’s Watering Hole. On the east side, 800 feet away, there’s Cricket Drive. In between, there’s a block-wide hammock, commercial buildings, U.S....

County to receive grant for new voting machines

Tuesday, Nov 10, 2015 -

— Highlands County’s voting machines are adequate, Secretary of State Ken Detzner said Tuesday. “But they’re not good enough.”

2015 citrus crop estimate gets more dismal

Tuesday, Nov 10, 2015 -

This summer, the final USDA report of the 2014-15 growing season for Florida orange production stopped at 96.7 million boxes, far short of the 108,000 boxes forecast.

Used tire buyback draws hundreds

Sunday, Nov 8, 2015 -

— “This is crazy,” Ramon Gavarrete said at 8 a.m.

One-year moratorium on state park fees?

Friday, Nov 6, 2015 -

— Should entry fees be suspended for a full year at Highlands Hammock State Park?

Cowboys rescuing the automobile market

Thursday, Nov 5, 2015 -

— What’s the top selling vehicle in America?

Three enter District 5 commission race

Wednesday, Nov 4, 2015 - Another spurt of candidates has filed, this time for county commission District 5.

Commissioners vexed with county attorney

Tuesday, Nov 3, 2015 -

Highlands County commissioners wondered again when they would see the recycling contract with Progressive Waste Systems, denied yet another request by Commissioner Don Elwel...

Scott’s funding increase won’t help local schools

Saturday, Oct 31, 2015 -

— Mike Averyt sees a problem with the historic increase in per-student spending in Florida schools proposed next year by Gov. Rick Scott’s education team.

FHP ticketing aggressive drivers

Friday, Oct 30, 2015 -

— Last week, the Florida Highway Patrol began another phase of ticketing vehicles that aggressively drive around large trucks.

Senate approves controversial plan

Thursday, Oct 29, 2015 -

If the Florida House of Representatives, and the courts approve, Highlands County will be in a new senate district next year.

Census: Highlands County population will break 100,000 mark again this year

Wednesday, Oct 28, 2015 -

When Dora Smith moved to Highlands County 29 years ago, she was the only Hispanic child on the playground.

One item completed on county privatization list

Tuesday, Oct 27, 2015 -

SEBRING — Nineteen months after commissioners agreed to privatize 10 Highlands County functions, they’re still months away from completing the second item.

Henscratch Farms hosts Fall Festival

Sunday, Oct 25, 2015 -

LAKE PLACID — The gate opened at 10 a.m. Saturday for Henscratch Farm’s 9th annual Fall Festival, but customers were already waiting by 9:30 a.m., said co-owner Drew Jones.

Did the rainy season bring enough rain?

Saturday, Oct 24, 2015 -

SEBRING — The question after every rainy season is, did we get enough water?

How to keep kids safe on Halloween

Friday, Oct 23, 2015 -

SEBRING — When Katie Wilson was growing up in Lake Placid, her parents would drop off her and the rest of her trick-or-treating pack on a street. They would cross vacant lots and knock on any door.

No drone zones

Friday, Oct 23, 2015 -

— There have been no close encounters between drones and aircraft at Sebring Regional Airport or Avon Park Air Force Range.

Flipping houses popular again

Thursday, Oct 22, 2015 -

One factor in the 2005-06 housing boom was flipping.

Highlands County likely to be in new senate district

Wednesday, Oct 21, 2015 -

If one of the seven proposed maps is adopted, Highlands County will be in a new state senate district next year.

Parkway Phase 3 approved by county commission

Tuesday, Oct 20, 2015 -

The short answer is, Highlands County is going to build Sebring Parkway, Phase 3.

Eight new businesses open in Highlands

Friday, Oct 9, 2015 -

— Apparently, 2015 is the year of the new business. Dozens have opened this year in Highlands County.

Highlands drops to fourth in citrus production

Thursday, Oct 8, 2015 -

— It’s a sign of the times that Doug Karlson is producing trees developed by the United States Department of Agriculture and the University of Florida.

Property values finally back in black

Wednesday, Oct 7, 2015 -

County commission chair Ron Handley was in the building official’s office Tuesday, and liked what he saw.

Commissioners question need for Parkway Phase 3

Tuesday, Oct 6, 2015 -

— After listening to tea partiers and the public about the lack of need for Sebring Parkway Phase 3, Highlands County commissioners backed away from a $600,000 contract with H...

Hundreds of bikers ride in for Avon Park event

Sunday, Oct 4, 2015 - By noon on Friday, perhaps 500 bikers had parked on Main Street, and the first Autumn Bike Fest was roaring through town. The free three-day festival concludes Sun...

Emails reveal why SNL supervisors were charged

Saturday, Oct 3, 2015 -

SEBRING — What did the three Sun ‘n Lake supervisors email that caused the state attorney’s office to file complaints in Highlands County Court?

How much does it cost to raise an athlete?

Friday, Oct 2, 2015 -

SEBRING — Which is more expensive, raising a football player or a band member? A cheerleader or a dancer? A baseball player or a runner?

Report: three of 10 kids drink

Friday, Oct 2, 2015 -

In a 2014 study, middle and high school students identified alcohol, marijuana and prescriptions as their drugs of choice.

Is our tax burden high? Survey says Highlands County is in the middle

Thursday, Oct 1, 2015 -

SEBRING — Highlands is in Florida’s heartland, and it’s right in the middle of tax burdens as well, according to, a New York financial technology company.

Yard waste is limited

Wednesday, Sep 30, 2015 -

There’s a limit to how much yard waste can be piled on front lawns for pickup by Progressive Waste Systems, John and Judy Egizi found out last week.