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Sunday, Apr 26, 2015

Meisel, Jay

Highlands Today

Airport continues to grow, add jobs

Friday, Apr 24, 2015 -

— When it comes to new jobs in Highlands County, lately the Sebring Regional Airport has been the hot bed of activity.

Community rallies to help young girl mauled by dog

Thursday, Apr 23, 2015 -

— When Morgan Douberley visited the Champion for Children Foundation office this week, she smiled and laughed.

Utility purchase help keep rates down, Sebring utility director says

Wednesday, Apr 22, 2015 -

—If the city of Sebring ultimately purchases the abandoned Country Club Utilities, it won’t be the first such system the city has bought.

SFSC ranks high in graduation rate

Tuesday, Apr 21, 2015 -

— South Florida State College student Alexis Clamen is looking forward toward completing her education and entering the world of business, she said Tuesday.

Doty case defendant gets five years in prison

Monday, Apr 20, 2015 -

— A woman who was on probation for helping the killers of Aaron Doty flee to Orlando will serve five years in prison, a judge decided Monday.

Keeping Highlands beautiful

Monday, Apr 20, 2015 -

— For Christy Reed and others involved in fighting illegal dumping and littering in Highlands County, it’s a neverending battle.

City resolves issue affecting purchase of Country Club Utilities

Saturday, Apr 18, 2015 -

— An issue that could have affected the city of Sebring’s purchase of Country Club Utilities has been resolved, officials say.

Man holds child as shield while ransacking dwelling, authorities say

Friday, Apr 17, 2015 -

— A man apparently angry over being evicted from a residence threatened to kill a 4-year-old boy if the child’s parents tried to stop him from ransacking the reside...

Cops investigate incidents involving adults and children

Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 -

The Highlands County Sheriff’s Office is investigating four separate incidents in which adults acted suspiciously toward children either heading home or going to school.

Auxiliary officers, part time officers in Highlands County get full training

Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 -

— In the wake of an accidental fatal shooting by an Oklahoma reserve deputy sheriff, authorities here expressed confidence in the standards required for law enforcement office...

Work begins on park near Circle Theatre

Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 -

— Decades ago, Fisher Sauls and his employees served everything “from soup to nuts,” at Fisher’s Restaurant, his son, Eugene Sauls, a former Sebring mayor...

Former deputy had inappropriate conversations with several inmates, records show

Tuesday, Apr 14, 2015 -

— A former Highlands County detention deputy arrested on charges of child neglect was socially involved with four prisoners, both during and off duty, according to an internal...

‘Will You Marry Me?’ surprise

Monday, Apr 13, 2015 -

— When Bonnie Zoghbi went to see a movie in Colorado, she watched what turned out to be a fake trailer about a young couple in love. Then, according to, her date, Ma...

Authorities say former deputy was actively involved in party where three were shot

Monday, Apr 13, 2015 -

— A former Highlands County jailer encouraged minors to drink alcohol and became intoxicated herself during party where three people got shot last month, according to a warran...

Man charged with shooting another man, vehicle

Monday, Apr 13, 2015 -

—A man fired shots into a Buick occupied by two adults and two small children and later fled from police, according to an arrest report released Monday.

Vision plan underway for airport, Spring Lake area

Monday, Apr 13, 2015 -

— Residents, planners, Highlands County officials and others will be working on a vision for future growth of the area around the Sebring Regional Airport and Spring Lake duri...

Giving back Company employees donate time at Boys and Girls Club

Saturday, Apr 11, 2015 -

— When the United Way held its Day of Caring in Highlands County, Annett Bus Lines, a charter bus service, couldn’t participate.

Former deputy arrested in connection with house party

Friday, Apr 10, 2015 -

— A former Highlands County detention deputy was arrested Friday and charged with child neglect, several weeks after a party at her residence that ended with three peop...

Military vehicle enlisted into forest service

Thursday, Apr 9, 2015 -

— In years past, the former light military tactical vehicle may have carried soldiers and cargo into war.

Fire assessment will increase for residents

Wednesday, Apr 8, 2015 -

— An increase in the number of independent living facilities for seniors in Sebring over the past several years is a large part of the reason why residents will likely pay a s...

Juvenile court cases decline

Monday, Apr 6, 2015 -

— In the past when Highlands County officials talked about reducing juvenile crime, they knew it wouldn’t happen overnight, Sheriff Susan Benton said.

Prosecuting crimes against migrants

Saturday, Apr 4, 2015 -

— When the crime happened, the six migrant workers were sleeping.

Sheriff says she needs more deputies, but faces budget challenges

Thursday, Apr 2, 2015 -

— Highlands County Sheriff’s Office is in a Catch-22 situation, Sheriff Susan Benton said this week.

Authorities: Parents could face responsibility for teen house parties

Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015 -

— Whether a former Highlands County Sheriff’s Office detention deputy bares any criminal responsibility for a party at her house where three people were shot last week ...

Man sentenced to life on robbery charges

Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015 -

— A Lake Placid man will spend the rest of his life in prison after being convicted of armed robbery and other charges, a judge decided Monday.

Accidents bring attention to senior driving

Monday, Mar 30, 2015 - — When it comes to senior drivers, one size doesn’t fit all, says Joann Ulm, who is in her 80s and continues to drive.

Saving animals

Friday, Mar 27, 2015 -

— At the Highlands County Humane Society, there are happy events where a family adopts a dog or cat that’s needed a home for months.

First arrest made after party where three shootings occurred

Friday, Mar 27, 2015 -

— The first arrest has been made in connection with a party last week in which three attendees were shot.

Building market gaining steam in Highlands

Thursday, Mar 26, 2015 -

— In the next several months, Ursula Canter will be moving from her house in the Harder Hall area to a smaller home in Vantage Pointe.

All tied up

Wednesday, Mar 25, 2015 -

SEBRING — Jeremy Freeze, who commented on Facebook, was caught in a situation faced by many people Tuesday afternoon as he drove home.

Three injured during party at home of former deputy

Tuesday, Mar 24, 2015 -

— Three people received non-life threatening gunshot wounds during a party at the residence of a former Highlands County jail deputy who resigned from her job last year, acc...

More child porn charges filed against man

Tuesday, Mar 24, 2015 -

— A former South Florida State College employee arrested last year on child pornography charges had on his computer a cartoon with the caption: “My girlfriend is like m...

Convicted robber sentenced to life in prison

Monday, Mar 23, 2015 -

– A man convicted of participating in a home invasion robbery will spend the rest of his life in prison, a judge decided Monday.

Race chow goes beyond hot dogs and hamburgers

Friday, Mar 20, 2015 -

— At Trouble on Turn 3, the food being prepared Friday for campers was a little different than one might expect at 12 Hours of Sebring fan encampments.

Urn of pet ashes found at car wash An unusual find, but not an unusual practice for animal owners

Thursday, Mar 19, 2015 -

— When Largo, a Chow mix, died about five years ago, Lori Lockhart never thought about burying her beloved pet that she had raised from when he was a puppy.

City seeks to spur downtown residential development

Wednesday, Mar 18, 2015 -

— The Sebring City Council on Tuesday took the first step in an initiative to spur residential growth in downtown Sebring.

Fans attend Sebring race for decades

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2015 -

— When the winning race car comes across the finish line at the 63rd Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, long-time fan Frank Morrison plans not to be very far away.

Police chief may replace arrested youth ministry co-founder on board

Saturday, Mar 14, 2015 -

— Lake Placid Police Chief James Fansler is expected to be appointed to the Children’s Services Council of Highlands County.

Poverty initiative to focus on education

Friday, Mar 13, 2015 -

— With Highlands County having a high rate of people stuck in poverty and low-wage jobs, an effort is being made to break the cycle, said Jeffrey Roth, director of the Champio...

Authorities say steps can be taken to lower chance of elderly exploitation

Thursday, Mar 12, 2015 -

— As Charles Young’s mother and her husband grew older, family members noticed they showed signs of dementia, he recalled this week.

Youth program retains public support despite arrest of co-founder

Wednesday, Mar 11, 2015 -

— Despite the arrest of a youth ministry program’s co-founder, the community has continued to rally around the STR8 UP Youth Ministry.

Proponents say experimental aircraft safe, despite recent accidents

Tuesday, Mar 10, 2015 -

— For some unfamiliar with experimental aircraft, that name may give them a misleading first opinion about the safety of the planes, says John Rousch, a local pilot.

Woman accused of stealing money, jewelry from Alzheimer’s patient

Monday, Mar 9, 2015 -

— A woman hired as a caregiver stole nearly $14,000 in cash and jewelry from an Alzheimer’s patient, according to a report released Monday.

Argument preceded woman’s killing, suspect says

Monday, Mar 9, 2015 -

— A man charged with killing a 65-year-old woman told authorities that he and the victim had an altercation and they had been drinking before the incident happened, according ...

Child porn suspect charged with sexually assaulting 5-year-old

Monday, Mar 9, 2015 -

— A 45-year-old man accused a year ago of possessing child pornography now has been charged with sexually assaulting and inappropriately touching a 5-year-old girl, according ...

Infections, deaths six years ago brought to light in Highlands County

Friday, Mar 6, 2015 -

— When 70 people were exposed to antibiotic-resistant bacteria in Highlands County and 15 people died in 2008-2009, the newspapers contained no screaming headlines. The same w...

Party barge damaged on way to race

Thursday, Mar 5, 2015 -

— When Bruce Sallet and Jimmy Meier began coming to the 12 Hours of Sebring car race more than 30 years ago, they had a lot more hair and a lot less gray.

City Council endorses Harder Hall contract

Wednesday, Mar 4, 2015 -

— For decades, Harder Hall, the once grand hotel and golf resort that attracted celebrities, has remained vacant and facing an increasingly uncertain future.

Pilot in airplane crash identified

Tuesday, Mar 3, 2015 -

SEBRING — When Donald Adams’ experimental aircraft crashed 40 feet from a Spring Lake Home Monday, it may have been Adams’ experience as a pilot that allowed him to avoid striking any one of numerous...

Majority of Sebring council favors Harder Hall offer

Monday, Mar 2, 2015 -

— A majority of Sebring City Council members say they like the $2.5 million offer to buy Harder Hall, although it would leave the city with about $900,000 in debt.