Sunday, Apr 20, 2014

Meisel, Jay

Highlands Today

Tasers help save lives, law enforcement officials say

Friday, Apr 18, 2014 -

- It used to be that during a violent or potentially violent encounter law enforcement officers had few alternatives for responding other than using their firearm or their fists. The...

Council recognizes outstanding police, firefighters

Friday, Apr 18, 2014 -

- A Sebring firefighter has become the first to be named Firefighter of the Year two years in a row, Fire Chief Brad Batz said.

Sebring police honors one of its own

Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 -

- When Russell Morris began serving as a part-time Sebring police officer in the early 1980s, he arrived at a scene and an officer asked him why he didn't have a badge.

Sebring rejects participating in Lake Jackson study

Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 -

SEBRING - Despite the city of Sebring's initial refusal to help pay for a study of Lake Jackson, the project should continue, Highlands County Commissioner Don Elwell said Wednesday.

Tendency of Alzheimer's patients to wander presents challenges

Friday, Apr 11, 2014 -

SEBRING - It was about 13 years ago that Donna Seeger got one of her first clues that something was different with her husband, George.

Red Cross to open new office in Sebring

Friday, Apr 11, 2014 -

SEBRING - Although it's been two years since the American Red Cross had an office in Sebring, many people whose homes burned down probably don't know that.

Lake Placid police officers to wear cameras

Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 -

LAKE PLACID - In most law enforcement departments, officers wear uniforms and badges and belts with guns and other equipment.

Riot investigation finds fault with youth academy staff; leads to changes

Wednesday, Apr 9, 2014 -

AVON PARK - A riot last year at Avon Park Youth Academy has led to officials reducing the juvenile population at the facility, installation of surveillance cameras, improving training, increasing the staff to yout...

Three arrested in connection with burglary

Wednesday, Apr 9, 2014 -

SEBRING - An investigation into a burglary has resulted in the arrests of three suspects and two of those suspects also were arrested on drug charges, according to arrest reports.

Lake Placid names officer of the year

Tuesday, Apr 8, 2014 - LAKE PLACID - When Heather Mulligan began working as code enforcement officer a few years ago, she noticed that a lot of people had chickens.

Local dealership prepared for automobile recall

Monday, Apr 7, 2014 -

SEBRING - With more than 2 million General Motors Corp. cars being recalled nationally, the Alan J. Chevrolet Buick Cadillac Service Department is prepared for the extra work, a spokesman said.

Highlands County woman recalls meeting labor leader

Saturday, Apr 5, 2014 -

LAKE PLACID - Highlands County resident Sue Clark said she hopes to see the recently-released move, "Cesar Chavez," that tells about the life of the labor leader she met more than 30 years ago.

Cammie Lester performance will benefit Champion for Children Foundation

Thursday, Apr 3, 2014 -

SEBRING - For Kevin Roberts, whose foundation reopened the Circle Theatre, an upcoming concert there is much more than just one of many events since the theatre reopened several months ago.

State toughens sexual predator laws

Wednesday, Apr 2, 2014 -

SEBRING - Highlands County Sheriff Susan Benton said she's pleased with new legislation passed by the Florida Legislature and signed by Gov. Rick Scott that will toughen sexual predator laws.

City approves partial funding for fireworks

Wednesday, Apr 2, 2014 -

SEBRING - It appears as though Sebring will have a Fourth of July celebration with fireworks, after all.

Pool business owner accused of stealing money from customers

Wednesday, Apr 2, 2014 -

SEBRING - The owner of a pool business was quick to cash their deposit checks, but has failed to complete work on pools for them, four home owners told the Highlands County Sheriff's Office, according to reports released...

Mother of child who died from neglect may be tried in May

Tuesday, Apr 1, 2014 -

SEBRING - The mother of a child who died from malnourishment in a dirty cockroach-infested Avon Park apartment may be tried in May, prosecutors said.

Legislative bill raises concerns of park supporters

Monday, Mar 31, 2014 -

SEBRING - When Highlands Hammock State Park Manager Brian Pinson figured the park needed a new tractor last year, he didn't seek extra funding from the state.

Council to discuss Fourth of July fireworks

Monday, Mar 31, 2014 -

SEBRING - Two Sebring City Council members and the mayor say they'll support the city providing some funding for the Fourth of July fireworks on Lake Jackson.

Investigations continue into local homicide cases

Saturday, Mar 29, 2014 -

SEBRING - On Nov. 15, 2009, Alton Perry, 30, was walking down an alley between Lemon Street and E.O. Douglas Avenue when two men robbed him of $14,500 worth of cash and jewelry, Sebring police said.

Man pleads no contest to manslaughter charge

Saturday, Mar 29, 2014 -

SEBRING - In what may be the first case of its kind in Highlands County, a man has plead no contest to a charge that he killed another man by giving him drugs.

Boat builder works to recover after fire

Friday, Mar 28, 2014 -

SEBRING - When fire damaged items inside the building where boats are built at Sea Hawk Boats this week, it wasn't the first setback for the 15-year-old commercial boat manufacturer, owner Mike Wyatt said Friday.

Sheriff's detective named deputy of the year

Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 -

SEBRING - When a drug operation went bad earlier this year and suspected drug dealers shot two deputy U.S. marshals, Highlands County Detective Nathan Coogan ended up being lead detective for the Highlands County Sheriff...

Meeting doesn't resolve differences over proposed development

Monday, Mar 24, 2014 -

SEBRING - A meeting between a contractor and residents of Francis II mobile home park failed to resolve many of the differences regarding a proposed luxury mobile home park.

Council delays action on salary adjustments

Saturday, Mar 22, 2014 -

SEBRING - City employees and administrators will not receive any pay adjustments until next year's budget, the City Council decided this week.

Sebring has many large properties up for sale

Friday, Mar 21, 2014 -

For those interested in buying commercial buildings, Sebring has no shortage of opportunities.

Action on plans for luxury apartments delayed

Thursday, Mar 20, 2014 -

SEBRING - When Sebring City Council members confronted the issue of a proposed luxury apartment complex Tuesday, it almost became an issue of: What came first: The Chicken or the Egg.

Accident raises concerns about cyclist safety

Thursday, Mar 20, 2014 -

For Chris Jennings, riding his bicycle on County Road 731 not far from his home earlier this month was like any of his other rides, Jennings recalled this week.

Hearing postponed for woman accused of illegally feeding bears

Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014 - SEBRING - A woman placed in the Highlands County jail after being accused of repeatedly illegally feeding bears is now living an assisted living facility, authorities said Wednesday.

Sebring mayor attends last council meeting; honored by colleagues

Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014 -

During the nearly 33 years that Sebring Mayor George Hensley has served as city councilman and mayor, he has sometimes found that people have misconceptions of the city and its government.

Work begins on new kennel project at Humane Society

Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014 -

Since Judy Spiegel became president of the Highlands County Humane Society, she's found five different sets of plans for new kennels to replace the existing ones built some 50 years ago.

Deputies, others to get training to recognize mental illness signs

Monday, Mar 17, 2014 -

SEBRING - In the wake of an incident where a man shot at houses in his neighborhood, plans are being developed to provide training to all Highlands County deputies to help them recognize signs of mental illness, Highland...

Fun of attending the race goes beyond the event, campers say

Friday, Mar 14, 2014 -

SEBRING - At the 62nd Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring fueled by Fresh from Florida, don't be afraid if you see what appears to be the swamp monster from the green lagoon.

Woman says pit bull attacked her dog

Thursday, Mar 13, 2014 - SEBRING - Every day Gail Ball walks her golden lab, Chelsea. And on March 11 everything started out as normal during the walk in Fairmount Mobile Estates.

Election turnout for Sebring remains low

Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014 -

SEBRING - In the wake of another Sebring city election with low turnout, some people renewed discussion of the possibility of moving the election to November to coincide with federal, county and state elections, or at l...

Sheriff's Office provides security at race

Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014 -

SEBRING - When it comes to keeping people safe in Highlands County, one of the biggest challenges each year for the Highlands County Sheriff's Office is the annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.

Sebring voters pick Carlisle, Whitlock and Stewart

Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014 -

SEBRING - A year ago Lenard Carlisle ran for Sebring City Council and lost by four votes. This year, his second attempt was a charm.

Investigation continues into shooting incident

Monday, Mar 10, 2014 -

SEBRING - For Larry Daniels, the calm, quiet neighborhood on Plantation Drive he had moved into 50 years ago, became what he said was like a war zone eight months ago.

No local texting-while-driving citations issued

Saturday, Mar 8, 2014 -

SEBRING - When Lake Placid Police Chief James Fansler drives his unmarked vehicle, seeing someone texting while driving isn't unusual.

Plenty of ideas floated for Harder Hall, but none so far a go

Saturday, Mar 8, 2014 -

SEBRING - There's no shortage of ideas about what Harder Hall could be. But the former hotel, which is up for sale by the city of Sebring, remains empty as it has been since the 1980s.

More people voting this year in early voting for Sebring election

Thursday, Mar 6, 2014 -

SEBRING - For the past seven years, Roger and Barbara Alexander have made a point to vote in Sebring's municipal election.

Woman found guilty on charges relating to animal hoarding

Wednesday, Mar 5, 2014 -

SEBRING - A woman found last year to be housing 45 animals suffering from malnutrition and dehydration in a house filled with urine and feces from dogs and cats has been placed on probation for 10 years.

Woman, 81, accused of feeding bears back in jail

Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014 -

SEBRING - Less than a month after a judge granted pretrial release for an 81-year-old woman accused of illegally feeding bears, she's back in the Highlands County Jail.

Man gets jail time after attending dog fight

Monday, Mar 3, 2014 -

SEBRING - A man convicted of attending a dog fight and resisting an officer without violence will spend six months in jail and then be on probation for four years, a judge ruled Monday.

Community rallies to help homeless

Monday, Mar 3, 2014 -

SEBRING - Efforts needed to raise money and goods to help the homeless are just part of the battle.

Lake Placid Chamber recognizes people who contributed to community

Friday, Feb 28, 2014 -

SEBRING - A few years back, Sammy Telesco was in prison after committing 39 armed robberies.

Authorities investigate horse hair theft

Friday, Feb 28, 2014 -

LAKE PLACID - Every week, the Highlands County Sheriff's Office receives reports of thefts of televisions, cars, computers and other such items.

Sheriff's office wants to raise awareness about human trafficking

Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 -

SEBRING - Years ago, before she was elected Highlands County sheriff, Susan Benton was part of a joint operation doing surveillance on a farm.

Sebring updates its history book

Wednesday, Feb 26, 2014 -

SEBRING - When John Shoop becomes Sebring's mayor in March, he'll find that he has no vote and that he has limited administrative powers.

New benches at Palms dedicated in honor of former volunteers

Wednesday, Feb 26, 2014 -

SEBRING - For the past 44 years, the Palms Auxiliary, a non-profit organization, has enhanced the lives of residents there.

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