Saturday, Dec 20, 2014

Meisel, Jay

Highlands Today

Former lawman accused of forgery, submitting fake documents

Friday, Dec 19, 2014 -

— A former DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office narcotics unit supervisor has been charged with submitting false documentation to be certified disabled and receive dis...

Some former Cuba residents say upgrading of relations is a good idea

Thursday, Dec 18, 2014 -

— Having left Cuba when he was 9 years old, Ario Salgueiro doesn’t think much about the country anymore, years later.

Woman wants to find family of soldier who died serving country

Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014 -

— For nearly 50 years, Sebring resident Brenda Edwards has often thought about a man she’s never met. She’s never heard his voice or saw his photo.

City agrees to buy County Club Utilities

Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014 -

— Sebring City Council members gave preliminary approval Tuesday evening to purchasing Country Club Utilities.

We Want To Know: Christmas memories

Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014 - We would like to hear your memories of a really special Christmas. Contact Jay Meisel at (863) 386-5834 or

Self-protection popular this year for Christmas

Tuesday, Dec 16, 2014 -

— A criminal seeing a person walking down a street with a cane as easy prey may be in for a shocking surprise.

Sheriff’s office struggles to fill positions

Monday, Dec 15, 2014 -

— For years, the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office left positions vacant because of budgetary challenges.

Wedding reception erupts into fight, ends in arrests

Monday, Dec 15, 2014 -

— For one couple, the wedding reception may be more memorable than the ceremony itself.

Man arrested on burglary charge

Monday, Dec 15, 2014 -

— A man with a lengthy history of prison time was again arrested after apparently breaking into a business, according to a report released Monday.

Youth program continues despite founder being arrested

Thursday, Dec 11, 2014 -

— When Yanelis Perez arrived in Lake Placid with her grandmother seven months ago, she faced a situation of having no friends.

Law enforcement K9s perform tests for certification

Wednesday, Dec 10, 2014 -

— Law enforcement K9s may have not become smarter at the Holiday Inn Express Wednesday, but they performed well on the first part of their state certification tests.

Two historic Sebring hotels may be redeveloped into apartments

Tuesday, Dec 9, 2014 -

— Two long vacant historic hotels in downtown Sebring may soon get a new lease on life as a result of action Monday night by the Sebring City Council and Sebring Community Red...

B&B Theatres installs rocker-style, reclining seats

Monday, Dec 8, 2014 -

— Some theatergoers have found the new reclining seats with footrests at B&B Theatres so relaxing, they have expressed concerns about falling asleep during a movie, Manage...

Sebring man never expected to live through the ‘Day of Infamy’

Friday, Dec 5, 2014 -

SEBRING – While growing up in small town in Indiana, Jack Moore, now a Sebring resident, never shied away from challenges.

Sebring saves money with ground level water tanks

Friday, Dec 5, 2014 -

— More than 70 years after Sebring’s first elevated water tower was constructed during the 1930s in the downtown area, it still stands and is still being used.

Woman carries on tradition of providing community Christmas dinner

Thursday, Dec 4, 2014 -

— When Eddie May Henderson of Highway Park held her first community Christmas meal in 1978 at a park in Lake Placid, she served 80 to 90 families while only having ...

Head of youth ministry program arrested

Thursday, Dec 4, 2014 - — A man who served time in prison for armed robbery, but later turned his life around and now heads a youth ministry in Lake Placid was arrested Wednesday by the H...

City to consider reducing minimum size for homes

Wednesday, Dec 3, 2014 -

SEBRING — In the 1950s, the U.S. Census said average home size nationwide was 983 square feet, Sebring City Councilman Mark Stewart said Wednesday.

Salvation Army seeks to repair roof damage at its church

Tuesday, Dec 2, 2014 -

— Before the Salvation Army moved into its then-new building in 1916 on North Ridgewood Drive, church services were held outside on the Circle, Maj. Tim Roberts said Tuesday.<...

Several high-profile cases may be tried next year

Monday, Dec 1, 2014 -

— One of the most highly anticipated trials to occur in Highlands County is expected to be held early next year.

Downtown Sebring to celebrate Small Business Saturday

Wednesday, Nov 26, 2014 -

— When downtown Sebring last year held its first organized celebration of Small Business Saturday, store owner Lora Todd was pleased with the response, she recalled Wednesday....

Organizations work to provide Christmas presents for needy families

Wednesday, Nov 26, 2014 -

— Around this time last year visitors to Mary Jennings-Gonzalez’s home might have envied her children, as the dwelling was crammed with Christmas presents.

Crime rate decreases in Avon Park

Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014 -

— Two years after the city of Avon Park contracted with the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office to provide law enforcement services, everything is going well, Sher...

Company plans biofuels plant in Highlands County

Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014 -

— Several years ago the prospect of more than 1,000 new jobs in Highlands County appeared imminent with two companies planning to build ethanol plants.

Some phones present 911 challenges

Monday, Nov 24, 2014 -

— In the past, after the 911 emergency system was put in place, dispatchers had few problems knowing where a caller was located, as people used landlines.

Chamber announces new plans for downtown office

Sunday, Nov 23, 2014 -

— The Greater Sebring Chamber of Commerce plans to expand services at its downtown office on the Circle, President/CEO Liz Barber announced Thursday.

City cracks down on shipping containers at businesses

Sunday, Nov 23, 2014 -

— When Gary Capasso bought property for his flooring business several years ago, he used shipping containers, already on his property, for storage.

Work begins on second phase of expansion

Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 -

— Work has begun on a second phase of a construction project to upgrade facilities at the Highlands County Humane Society.

Sebring’s downtown Sadie Kahn Park dedicated

Friday, Nov 21, 2014 -

— Decades ago, Sadie Kahn, who along with her husband, Mike Kahn, were pioneer residents of Sebring, allowed the city to use a small plot of land near the Nan-ces-o-wee Hotel ...

Suspect arrested in Highway Park murder

Friday, Nov 21, 2014 -

— A Lake Placid man has been arrested in connection with the shooting death of another man on Nov. 10, according to an arrest warrant affidavit released Friday.

Witnesses say death penalty defendant was neglected, abused while growing up

Thursday, Nov 20, 2014 -

— A man facing the death penalty for murdering a state trooper in 2007 asked on Thursday to be returned to prison rather than continuing to attend a hearing on whether he shou...

Sebring historic hotels may get new owner

Wednesday, Nov 19, 2014 -

— Two long-vacant historic hotels in downtown Sebring may soon have a new owner with plans for using the buildings.

Fire in duct work forces McDonalds to close

Wednesday, Nov 19, 2014 -

— A fire in the air conditioning duct work at the south McDonalds in Sebring resulted in damage to the kitchen area and the evacuation of employees and customers, Sebring Fire...

Reports indicate different motivations for shootings

Monday, Nov 17, 2014 -

— A man shot inside a bar told authorities that the shooter apparently targeted him because he’s from Clewiston.

Details of escape plan revealed in affidavit

Monday, Nov 17, 2014 -

— Two inmates, one charged with the murder of Aaron Doty, planned to climb to the roof of the Highlands County jail, and then after getting off of the roof be transported to t...

Police chief teaches woman self defense

Friday, Nov 14, 2014 -

— Years ago, Marilyn Stokes was the victim of a crime in New York.

Brothers arrested in separate shootings involving same victim

Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 -

— Two brothers are accused of shooting the same man, but in separate incidents almost a year apart, Nell Hays, public information officer for the Highlands County Sheriff&...

Planned jail escape foiled, authorities say

Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 -

— A plan by two inmates, including one charged with the brutal murder of Aaron Doty, was foiled, according to a press release from the Highlands County Sheriff’s...

Symphony increases appreciation of music

Friday, Nov 14, 2014 -

— Whether Ashley Finke is conducting a beginning youth orchestra or participating in the advanced counterpart, she sees a lot of very familiar faces.

Cellphones increasingly providing evidence in criminal cases

Thursday, Nov 13, 2014 -

— For many cellphone users, the device offers a lot more than just the opportunity to make a call.

Alcohol, drugs reoccur in Highway Park shootings, sheriff says

Wednesday, Nov 12, 2014 -

— Alcohol and drugs have become a recurring factor in numerous shooting incidents and murders in Highway Park over the last few years, Highlands County Sheriff Susan Bent...

Highlands County honors veterans

Tuesday, Nov 11, 2014 -

— For John Nelson, a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars who attended Tuesday’s Veterans Day ceremony in Highlands County, some of his most significant memories are ...

Avon Park settles lawsuit with former finance director

Monday, Nov 10, 2014 -

— The City of Avon Park’s insurance company has reached a $30,000 settlement with the city’s former finance director, who alleged she was fired because she was...

For many veterans, serving our country came at a cost

Friday, Nov 7, 2014 -

— Decades after many American veterans went to faraway places to serve their country, they retain reminders of the perils they encountered.

City interested in taking over utility, pending agreement on details

Wednesday, Nov 5, 2014 -

— Sebring City Council members indicated Tuesday a willingness to take over and possibly buy the troubled County Club Utilities, provided that all the details are worked out.<...

Artist creates memories at American Legion post

Monday, Nov 3, 2014 -

— Visitors at the American Legion in Lake Placid may look up and see on the ceiling the name of John Leko, who served in the U.S. Navy from 1960 to 1962, or Frank Carney...

Voting trending above last off-year election

Tuesday, Nov 4, 2014 -

— After Lucy Soto and her daughter, Mandy Soto, voted Tuesday at the Sebring Recreation Center, they continued a tradition.

Sebring may take over county club utility

Saturday, Nov 1, 2014 -

— The city of Sebring will consider whether to take over Country Club Utilities - at least on a temporary basis.

Company to create collage of Sebring

Friday, Oct 31, 2014 -

— Decades from now, people will be able to look at a collage and see a lot of what comprised Sebring in 2014.

Sheriff seeks public support for addressing system improvements

Thursday, Oct 30, 2014 -

— When emergency responders and deputies go to a call they sometimes depend on someone standing out near the street and waving to them, authorities say.

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