Latest Lake Jackson Stories

2008-07-03 09:00:42

By Gary Pinnell, Highlands Today, Sebring, Fla. Jul. 2--SEBRING -- They didn't vote on whether to fill the dredge hole in Lake Jackson, and they didn't table the matter. Instead, the council simply didn't act. Bobby Clark, 23, drowned June 11 in the hole, which was probably created in the 1960s to fill a park area behind the Civic Center park, then-City Manager Bob Hoffman told the council. Fire Chief Brad Batz said Clark crossed the football field sized hole just a few yards off Pier...

2008-06-24 06:02:30

By Douglas Carman, Highlands Today, Sebring, Fla. Jun. 23--SEBRING -- Four tracks mark rip from near the sidewalk, through a lawn and into the dry sand that was once part of Lake Jackson. Multiple pontoon boats were beached just south of Veterans Beach. They're a usual sight for the lake as it hits all-time historic low levels, but the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission sees a potential problem here. Officer Erika Zimmerman said these days she often catches some boaters...

2008-06-19 09:00:28

By Gary Pinnell, Highlands Today, Sebring, Fla. Jun. 18--SEBRING -- Last week when Clell Ford and Erin McCarta measured the width, length and depth of a dredge hole at City Pier Beach, where a drowning took place June 7, they realized it was a whole lot bigger than originally estimated. In fact, it's about 10 times bigger, and it's going to take twice as much sand to fill it as can be easily found in Lake Jackson: 10.000 cubic feet, 6,800 cubic yards. So the bottom line, said Ford,...

2007-09-25 12:00:16

ATLANTA, Sept. 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Georgia Power's Renew Our Rivers program kicked off its 2007 campaign with a Sept. 7 event at Lake Tugalo in northeast Georgia. Throughout the next few months company volunteers from offices and power plants will spend a great deal of time cleaning recreational sites and waterways. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20050216/CLW066LOGO ) The Renew Our Rivers program is part of Georgia Power's continuing environmental stewardship...

Word of the Day
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'