We have made available a child theme for the Pinnacle theme that provides 4 Featured Panels for a sites home page. You will find these new panels in the Appearance->Widgets page. In accordance with the Semiologic themes paradigm around site layout via widgets, simply drag and drop widgets into these panels. These Featured Panels are only available on the site’s home page. The default layout set in Semiologic->Layout will appear on the site’s inner pages.
You can find this child theme over on the Pinnacle Featured Panel Child theme page. Upload to your site and activate it.