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Tuesday, Jul 28, 2015

Meisel, Jay

Highlands Today

2 people in critical condition after Monday Avon Park accident

Tuesday, Jul 28, 2015 -

— A man and a woman were in critical condition Tuesday after a two-vehicle accident Monday at U.S. 27 and Marble Avenue that tied up traffic for hours, according to a news r...

Family loses everything in fire

Monday, Jul 27, 2015 -

— Josh Williams and Amy Mellon say they have at least one thing to be thankful for, even though a fire destroyed almost all of their possessions when they were on vacation l...

Court filings now available online

Saturday, Jul 25, 2015 -

SEBRING — In October 2014, Sebring resident Van Lee Holder was charged with aggravated manslaughter of a child after a 21-month-old boy died at Tampa General Hospital.

Woman rides bicycle from Washington to Sebring

Friday, Jul 24, 2015 -

— While a lot of people talk about leaving their jobs and following their dreams, Marissa Herold actually did it.

Purchasers remain optimistic about Harder Hall after placing deposit

Friday, Jul 24, 2015 -

— Momentum continued this week toward the sale and rehabilitation of Harder Hall.

Military Sea Services Museum plans renovation

Thursday, Jul 23, 2015 -

— It may be years since veterans served their country and they may no longer have the physical abilities to do what they did while in the military.

Fertilizer plant fire required special firefighting techniques

Wednesday, Jul 22, 2015 -

— Firefighters used special techniques Tuesday evening when they sought to control a fertilizer fire that prompted a large response and major road closures that lasted for...

Officials defend management of academy

Tuesday, Jul 21, 2015 -

— Officials of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice and the company hired to run Highlands Youth Academy say the facility is doing a good job in the wake of a scathing...

Man accused of having cockfighting on property

Tuesday, Jul 21, 2015 -

— A man previously charged with stealing three horses in 2014 and selling calves he didn’t own earlier this year now faces charges of having cockfighting on his propert...

Sheriff cuts proposed budget

Monday, Jul 20, 2015 -

— Highlands County Sheriff Susan Benton has cut her initial budget request for the 2015-2016 budget year by more than $600,000, but some Highlands County commissioners say it ...

Authorities issue scathing report on juvenile facility

Monday, Jul 20, 2015 -

— At the Highlands Youth Academy, juveniles attacked staff, they escaped and facilities were left in disrepair while the private company, G4S, running it made $800,000 a year i...

Number of centenarians rapidly increasing, Census bureau says

Friday, Jul 17, 2015 -

— When Rachel Wood was a young woman, her father moved the family from a city to a farm in Tennessee after an economic downturn struck the nation.

Sebring Police, fire officials say new personnel needed

Friday, Jul 17, 2015 -

— When Sebring firefighters respond to a blaze, sometimes some must carry out more than one duty because of the lack of personnel, Fire Chief Brad Batz said this week.

Dispute regarding teenager may have led to murder

Friday, Jul 17, 2015 -

— Authorities are investigating whether a fatal shooting this week stemmed from the suspect being upset over not being allowed to date the teenage daughter of one of the shooti...

Murder suspect claims victim bullied him, report says

Thursday, Jul 16, 2015 -

— A man charged with murdering another man and shooting a woman told authorities that he was tired of being bullied by the victims, according to an arrest report released Thur...

Arrest made in Lorida murder

Wednesday, Jul 15, 2015 -

— It was almost a year ago that Shawn Zeigler saved Carrie Leaphart by pushing her out of the way of a vehicle, an action that ended up with him receiving serious injuries from...

Habitat celebrates 25 years

Tuesday, Jul 14, 2015 - — For Tenesha Williams, the new home she will most likely be occupying by next year can’t come too soon.

Woman says four people stole her pit bull

Monday, Jul 13, 2015 -

— After Pam Mitchell adopted a pit bull puppy she named Diamond, she soon found out that Diamond was a very loving pet.

Haas seeks state attorney position

Friday, Jul 10, 2015 -

SEBRING — In November 2016 for the first time in about 30 years, voters will elect a new State Attorney for Highlands, Hardee and Polk counties.

Youth drug treatment center to open soon

Friday, Jul 10, 2015 -

— A new privately operated youth drug treatment facility is expected to open Aug. 3.

Sebring looking at upgrading parks

Thursday, Jul 9, 2015 -

— In the cartoon “Peanuts,” Charlie Brown doesn’t get much respect.

City Council raises Sebring fire assessment

Wednesday, Jul 8, 2015 -

— Residential property owners in Sebring will see their fire protection assessment increase from $26 to $50 a year, as a result of a City Council decision Tuesday night.

Sebring earns improved fire rating

Wednesday, Jul 8, 2015 -

— As of Oct. 1, Sebring will become one of only 750 cities nationwide with the second best fire insurance rating in the nation, Sebring Fire Chief Brad Batz said.

Theft charges dropped against man

Wednesday, Jul 8, 2015 -

— Charges have been dropped against a man who was the husband of a woman when she was charged with embezzling about $1 million from Sebring Heart Center, according to a court ...

Sebring police, fire departments struggle to fill positions

Tuesday, Jul 7, 2015 -

— Two years ago, a bitter disagreement between city officials and the union for firefighters ended with the city eliminating a traditional pension plan and replacing it with a...

Property values increasing slowly, but impact uncertain

Monday, Jul 6, 2015 -

— With the exception of the City of Avon Park, it appears that slow rising property values may not have a considerable effect on government budgets being developed now, offici...

Forfeitures in criminal cases help law enforcement make special purchases

Saturday, Jul 4, 2015 -

— Terrance Scholtz, who was arrested on drug charges, probably didn’t realize that he may have helped law enforcement obtain a new polygraph system or buy equipment to ...

New felony circuit judge appointed for Highlands County

Thursday, Jul 2, 2015 -

— For Assistant State Attorney Courtney Lenhart, getting a new judge is like getting a new teacher.

Hail, strong winds cause damage

Thursday, Jul 2, 2015 - — Strong winds, rain, lightning and hail were part of a storm Wednesday evening that knocked down trees, damaged some awnings and signs and left more than 500 resident...

Rescued dogs ready for adoption

Wednesday, Jul 1, 2015 -

— It was on May 9 when a woman, who doesn’t want her name used, and a friend traveled from Hardee County to Sebring because the friend wanted to possibly buy a couch at...

Riding high

Monday, Jun 29, 2015 -

— At the family arena, Aldyn Ashton rides one of her horses, disembarks while the animal is still moving and ties a goat.

Fireworks dealer to retire after 42 years

Friday, Jun 26, 2015 -

— After this year, a familiar sight every July 4 for decades will be gone from Lake Placid.

Local singer wins trip to California

Thursday, Jun 25, 2015 -

— Local singer Cammie Lester just keeps on winning.

Suspect caught Thursday has served numerous sentences in prison

Friday, Jun 26, 2015 -

— A man with the nickname “Wild Bill,” who was arrested Thursday after fleeing on a golf cart and on foot, is familiar with the criminal justice system, acco...

Lake Placid community helps family who lost home in fire

Thursday, Jun 25, 2015 -

— Community efforts are underway to help a family whose house burned down earlier this week.

Illegal turtle sales raising concerns

Wednesday, Jun 24, 2015 -

— When undercover law enforcement officers met in April with suspects at the Wal-Mart parking lot in Sebring, the focus wasn’t illegal drugs.

Fire destroys Lake Placid home

Tuesday, Jun 23, 2015 -

— A fire that may have been started by a child playing with a lighter on Tuesday destroyed a house off Henscratch Road.

Woman gets prison time for stealing from attorney

Monday, Jun 22, 2015 -

— For years, as far as Alison Copley knew everything was OK financially at her law firm.

How safe is it to eat out?

Friday, Jun 19, 2015 -

– Every week, Rich and Michele Roberts eat lunch at the Fairmount Café.

Lorida volunteer fire chief charged with possessing child porn

Friday, Jun 19, 2015 -

— The Lorida Volunteer Fire Department chief was arrested after admitting he has collected child pornography videos over a number of years, according to an arrest report relea...

Newsom Eye & Laser Center opening in the next month

Thursday, Jun 18, 2015 -

— Dr. T. Hunter Newsom’s latest vision for the continuing growth of his ophthalmology center is about to become reality.

Sebring to allow ducks as pets

Wednesday, Jun 17, 2015 -

— It was about a year ago that a friend of Sebring resident Inez Szodruch told her that she bought some ducks, but that she found caring for them was beyond her. The woman tol...

Sebring, Spring Lake approved for state funding

Tuesday, Jun 16, 2015 -

— They’re not a sure thing, but projects to improve street lighting in Sebring and prevent possible flooding in Spring Lake have taken a step forward.

DCF removing more children from homes

Monday, Jun 15, 2015 - — The number of children in Highlands County removed from their homes increased by more than 60 percent after the Florida Department of Children and Family Services ad...

Child sexual abuse cases don’t develop out of ‘thin air,’ detectives say

Saturday, Jun 13, 2015 -

— A mere accusation that someone sexually abused a child doesn’t automatically result in the accused being arrested on child abuse charges, investigators said Friday.

Highlands may have above average rain

Friday, Jun 12, 2015 -

— It may feel a little bit wet for people living in south Highlands County.

Sebring airport serves as meeting place for experienced piliots

Wednesday, Jun 10, 2015 -

— For Betty Williston, the flight from Winter Haven to Sebring Wednesday was a lot calmer than one she took a few years ago when her plane lost its engine.

Accessory in Doty murder case charged with violating probation

Wednesday, Jun 10, 2015 -

— A man placed on probation in relation to the Aaron Doty murder case has been accused of violating his probation, according to a probable cause affidavit released Wednesday.<...

Fire damages former church building

Tuesday, Jun 9, 2015 -

— The building that once served as a church on 605 State Road 66 may have never looked like it from the outside, but it served the purpose, a church employee recalled Tuesday....

Helping children in need

Monday, Jun 8, 2015 -

Sebring Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial Post 4300 has donated $3,042.82 to the Champion for Children Foundation to help pay for additional surgery for Morgan Douberley, 6, who was mauled by a dog on Aug. 27, 2014. Othe...