Sunday, Oct 26, 2014

Meisel, Jay

Highlands Today

Plans on track for youth treatment center

Friday, Oct 24, 2014 -

— When Highlands County youth need advanced drug treatment, they must go elsewhere to get it, Sheriff Susan Benton said Thursday.

Highlands Independent Bank name changed

Friday, Oct 24, 2014 -

— Visitors to Highlands Independent Bank as of Oct. 24 will see that the financial institution’s name will be changed, but they will continue dealing with the same empl...

Life of slain 4-year-old girl celebrated at vigil

Thursday, Oct 23, 2014 -

— For the participants at a vigil in honor of a slain 4-year-old girl, the releasing of a Japanese lantern and blue and white balloons that rose into the sky had special meani...

48th annual art show coming to Sebring

Thursday, Oct 23, 2014 -

— While most people these days shoot photos with digital cameras, nature photographer William Dailey of Sebring has gravitated back to film photography.

Potential new buyer surfaces for Harder Hall

Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014 -

— Harder Hall, once a grand hotel that attracted some famous people, could become an assisted living type facility that may have an independent living component.

4-year-old murdered girl remembered as a smart, happy child

Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014 -

— In some ways, 4-year-old Mercedes Blair came into the world like she tragically departed it last week.

Mom accused of abusing child; fourth child abuse case in less than a week

Monday, Oct 20, 2014 -

— Highlands County Sheriff’s Office deputies stopped a mother from carrying out her apparent plans to have her 4-year-old daughter run over by a vehicle, according...

Dog left on chain without access to food or water, authorities say

Monday, Oct 20, 2014 -

— A man was accused of animal abuse after an animal control officer found a dog tied to a chain link fence without access to food or water, according to a warrant affidavit...

Report: 4-year-old girl had many serious injuries

Saturday, Oct 18, 2014 -

— When 4-year-old Mercedes A. Blair arrived at a local hospital on Tuesday, it was quickly evident that she was severely injured, according to an arrest report released Friday...

No reasons evident as to why Highlands County has multiple child deaths

Friday, Oct 17, 2014 -

—It’s not been a good week for news about children in Highlands County. And that may hold true for the past couple of years.

Boyfriend of mother faces first-degree murder charge in child death

Friday, Oct 17, 2014 - — The boyfriend of the mother of a child who was sent to a hospital in Tampa with head injuries earlier this week and who died Friday afternoon is facing murder charge...

Mother charged with neglect of baby who died

Thursday, Oct 16, 2014 -

— For the third time in three days, a criminal investigation involving a child either dying or being critically injured in Highlands County has become public.

Are we prepared for EBOLA?

Wednesday, Oct 15, 2014 -

—Hospitals throughout Florida are preparing should a case of Ebola come to the state.

Event will raise awareness of blindness

Tuesday, Oct 14, 2014 -

— During the last couple of years, Edie Tidlund, who lives in Sebring, woke up one morning and found her vision was blurry. Several months later, she woke up and she couldn&#x...

Man charged with killing 21-month-old child

Tuesday, Oct 14, 2014 - — A Sebring man told authorities the 21-month-old boy placed in his care hit his head on the side of a bathtub, according to a warrant affidavit released Tuesday.

Some question why murder suspect was out on bond

Monday, Oct 13, 2014 -

— When a man accused of raping a woman in August was arrested last week and accused of murdering her, some people wondered on Facebook why he was out on bond.

Teens face judgment by peers

Friday, Oct 10, 2014 -

The young girl appeared contrite as she appeared recently in court

Ringling College artwork being shown in Sebring

Friday, Oct 10, 2014 -

— You won’t find Farwell on the map. But if you visit the Highlands County Museum of the Arts you will see depictions of a make-believe rural community named Farwell.<...

Community rallies around woman whose bicycle was stolen

Friday, Oct 10, 2014 -

— When Minnie Sue Reid walked outside her mobile home last Sunday, she intended to do what she did every Sunday morning: get on her bicycle and ride to church.

Accused killer told girlfriend that he hurt the victim, report says

Friday, Oct 10, 2014 -

— A man accused of murdering a Lake Placid woman admitted to his girlfriend that he had hurt his ex-girlfriend, according to an arrest affidavit released Friday.

Deputies: Murder suspect had faced rape charges against victim

Thursday, Oct 9, 2014 -

— A man charged with raping a Lake Placid area woman earlier this year is now considered a suspect in her shooting murder, authorities said Thursday.

92-year-old woman continues teaching classes, creating art

Wednesday, Oct 8, 2014 -

— Several years ago, Dawn Dell, a Sebring real estate agent, received a gift of two paintings from a client, she recalled Wednesday.

Man arrested on theft charges

Wednesday, Oct 8, 2014 -

— A Sebring man on probation for grand theft was arrested this week on numerous theft charges, according to reports released Wednesday.

Snowbirds beginning to come back

Tuesday, Oct 7, 2014 -

— Martha and Charles Wilson ate a late breakfast Tuesday morning at their home in Tanglewood.

Felon on parole accused of stealing from tip jar

Tuesday, Oct 7, 2014 -

AVON PARK — A man who twice went to prison on charges that included armed robbery and burglary was accused this week of stealing money from a tip jar at a golf clubhouse, according to an arrest report.

Food bank sees increased demand for food

Monday, Oct 6, 2014 -

— Every week, more families line up for food at the food pantry at Faith Lutheran Church, says George Roberts, president of the congregation.

Granddaughter accused of stealing credit cards, drugs from grandmother

Monday, Oct 6, 2014 -

— Video surveillance helped lead to the arrest of a woman accused of stealing drugs, jewelry and credit cards from her grandmother, according to a report released Monday.

Legislative delegation hears concerns

Saturday, Oct 4, 2014 - SEBRING — Amid a rainy September, representatives of the Spring Lake Improvement District asked the Highlands County legislative delegation Friday for $500,000 to help replace a decades-old pumping station...

Memorial garden planned for near Circle Theatre

Friday, Oct 3, 2014 -

— A year ago, Jimmy Polatty of Sebring appeared to have a bright future.

Mother: Kaytlyn Cooper will live on through organ donations

Thursday, Oct 2, 2014 -

— Kaytlyn Cooper died in a car accident his week, but her heart will live on in the body of a 9-year-old girl, her mother, Pam Cooper, said Thursday.

Kaytlyn Cooper remembered as kind, caring and cheerful

Thursday, Oct 2, 2014 -

— Most of those gathered at a candlelight vigil remembered Kaytlyn Cooper for her cheerfulness, her hard work, her intelligence and her kindness to others.

‘She was very well loved’

Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014 - — In front of Brewster’s Coffee House, is a bicycle adorned with flowers and the letter K attached to it. There’s a place where people can leave cards.

Woman died from drug intoxication and bite wounds, autopsy indicates

Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014 -

— Three pit bulls once owned by a man who went on a shooting spree in his neighborhood likely contributed to the cause of a woman’s death in a pasture, according to rep...

New laws take effect today

Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014 -

— Laws targeting sex offenders, human traffickers and burglars, among others, will take effect today.

Six months after fire, boat manufacturer up and running

Monday, Sep 29, 2014 -

— Six months ago, Pat Kent was welding at a local boat manufacturing plant when he looked at a nearby building and saw that “smoke was just rolling out of it,” h...

Man accused of battering pregnant girlfriend

Monday, Sep 29, 2014 -

— A man who is accused of knocking his pregnant girlfriend to the ground and then punching her, apparently stopped doing so after another man holding a gun insisted that he le...

Repeat customers

Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 -

— Drew Eli Fellin’s name isn’t spelled like the type of crime called a felony, but over the years the 32-year-old man has been charged and convicted with numerou...

Hydrants painted pink to raise awareness of breast cancer

Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 -

— After fire hydrants were painted pink in Okeechobee County to raise awareness of the battle to find a cure for breast cancer, children started asking their teachers why that...

Man charged with misrepresenting himself as an attorney

Friday, Sep 26, 2014 -

— A disbarred attorney who spent time in prison for operating a Ponzi scheme has been charged in Highlands County with two counts of unlicensed practice of law and cont...

Sebring committee to look at proposals to improve neighborhoods

Friday, Sep 26, 2014 -

SEBRING — For much of the history of the Community Redevelopment Agency, the focus has been mostly on downtown and businesses.

It’s in the mail

Thursday, Sep 25, 2014 -

— When a person designated as a sexual predator moves from one location to another in Highlands County or into Highlands County, Deputy Cara Moseley is out knocking on...

Woman accused of using infant to shield herself from Taser

Thursday, Sep 25, 2014 -

— A woman is accused of using an infant child as a shield against a deputy who was pointing a Taser at her because she was resisting arrest on a warrant, according to ...

Man sentenced to life plus 60 years for abuse of child

Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014 -

— A man who claimed that a 5-year-old girl wanted to have sex with him will spend the rest of his life in prison, a judge decided this week.

Sebring doctor survives airplane crash

Friday, Sep 19, 2014 -

— A Sebring doctor survived a single-engine airplane crash earlier this week in Alabama without receiving any injuries, according to news reports.

Man claims he robbed store to pay probation costs

Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 -

— An Avon Park teenager who told authorities he robbed a convenience store clerk to get money to pay his $500 probation fine will spend the next 10 years in prison, a judge de...

Sebring Thunder event to be held this weekend

Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 -

— Thousands of car enthusiasts are expected to show up downtown during this weekend’s fifth annual Sebring Thunder event.

2 moms get prison for kids’ deaths

Monday, Sep 15, 2014 - — Two mothers who each had a child die as a result of neglect will both serve more than a decade in prison, a judge decided Monday.

Zombies sought for Terror Trail event

Saturday, Sep 13, 2014 -

SEBRING — Calling all zombies — or even wannabe zombies.

Driver arrested on multiple charges

Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 -

— At least for one Highlands County resident, not having a valid driver’s license has had apparently little effect on whether he drives or not.

Community garden dedicated

Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 -

— Carol Morrison and Luisa Ross could practically fill the produce section of a grocery store with what they’re growing at the community garden that was dedicated Tuesd...

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