Meisel, Jay

Highlands Today

What officers can and cannot do about nuisance dogs?

Friday, Feb 12, 2016 -

— It was on Aug. 27 last year that Darrel Smith and six other bicyclists were riding on South Orange Blossom when a great Dane ran out of a yard into the street and hit Smith&...

Driver in fatality accident seeks intersection improvement

Thursday, Feb 11, 2016 -

When the driver of a vehicle in a fatality accident showed up in court last year, she had an unlikely group of supporters, besides her attorney.

Wine walk, mystery dinner and 20s festival highlight weekend

Wednesday, Feb 10, 2016 -

When downtown wine walks were initiated a couple of years ago, organizers were astounded at the number of people who attended.

Student scientists test their theories

Wednesday, Feb 10, 2016 -

As a leftie, Sebring Middle School student Beau Riley wanted to find out whether being right-handed or left-handed affected reaction time.

New Sebring council member says he’ll provide new point of view

Tuesday, Feb 9, 2016 -

Local business owner Charlie Lowrance says he’ll provide a new perspective on the Sebring City Council.

Woman arrested in case after dog dies from heat stroke

Tuesday, Feb 9, 2016 -

— An Avon Park woman accused of leaving her dog in an outside crate without water, food or shade, has been arrested, according to a warrant released Tuesday.

Heavy rains put farmers behind with caladium harvesting

Tuesday, Feb 9, 2016 -

Caladium farmers, such as Don Bates, are scrambling these days because of the record rains during the past week.

Longtime Sebring councilor, John Griffin, dies

Monday, Feb 8, 2016 -

— Those who worked with Sebring City Councilman John Griffin always knew where he stood on an issue.

Flying emergency rooms

Friday, Feb 5, 2016 -

– Lake Placid resident Barbie Coleman had always wanted to ride in a helicopter, but when she did, it was a lot different than what she had envisioned.

Buyers of Harder Hall to seek extensions to close on deal

Friday, Feb 5, 2016 -

— A buyer under contract to purchase Harder Hall will seek up to two 90-day extensions before finalizing the deal with the city of Sebring.

Legislature may force cities to hold elections in November

Thursday, Feb 4, 2016 -

— Three years ago, low turnout in a Sebring City Council election prompted a discussion to move Sebring’s elections to coincide with the November general election.

City to install security cameras at Veterans Beach

Wednesday, Feb 3, 2016 -

In the wake of several undercover arrests at Veterans Beach Park last week, Sebring officials have decided to install surveillance cameras at the recreational facility.

Some businesses have closed at mall

Tuesday, Feb 2, 2016 -

At least for the time being, The BattleZone, a business aimed at serving customer’s “digital needs,” remains open at the Lakeshore Mall.

African art to be on display at gallery

Monday, Feb 1, 2016 -

— As a child, a Highlands County woman gained her first exposure to African art and craft when her parents displayed art in their New York home.

Man killed during robbery over alleged drug deal, authorities say.

Monday, Feb 1, 2016 -

— A 19-year-old man fatally shot a reported drug dealer during a planned robbery, according to an arrest report released Monday.

Months later, family continues to recover from accident

Friday, Jan 29, 2016 -

— It was late evening Nov. 9 when Isamar Garcia, who was around eight months pregnant, started feeling stomach pains.

Residents share memories of the Challenger disaster

Thursday, Jan 28, 2016 -

— Thirty years ago on Thursday, Jan. 28, 1986, Jennifer L. Palmer was in kindergarten in Lake Placid when students were taken outside to see what was expected to be a neat eve...

Court decision may further delay executions

Wednesday, Jan 27, 2016 - SEBRING — It’s been 33 years since William Kelley was convicted and sentenced to death for the 1966 murder of Charles von Maxcy, a Highlands County citrus baron.

Drones would help law enforcement, officials say

Tuesday, Jan 26, 2016 -

Drones have made it to Highlands County.

Harder Hall sale appears imminent

Monday, Jan 25, 2016 -

— The city of Sebring’s long-awaited sale of Harder Hall appeared to be imminent Monday.

Clerk of Courts employees could face furlough days

Friday, Jan 22, 2016 -

— Seventy-eight employees at the Highlands County Clerk of Court’s Office could face having to take as many as 12 furlough days between now and October if the state Leg...

Sheriff’s award recipients include man who saved woman from intruder

Thursday, Jan 21, 2016 -

— A 10-year-old girl and a 71-year-old man were recognized Thursday by the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office for helping other people in need.

Surveillance cameras installed at park

Thursday, Jan 21, 2016 -

— On a computer monitor Thursday in the Sebring Police Department, a viewer could see a man sitting in the Sadie Kahn Memorial Park bench using a cell phone.

Drones come to U.S. Sport Aviation Expo

Wednesday, Jan 20, 2016 -

Don’t expect any time soon to call up your favorite pizza business and have a drone bring the Italian fast food to your door step. Also, it’s probably unlikely...

Children’s museum gets help in determining what repairs are needed

Tuesday, Jan 19, 2016 -

— When contractors and engineers climbed Tuesday on the roof at the Children’s Museum of the Highlands, the root of the problem that has kept the facility closed indefi...

Woman recovering from attack by home intruder

Monday, Jan 18, 2016 -

— A week after a man entered Carole Muir’s garage and viciously tried to suffocate her, the resulting bruises that covered a large part of her face are gone.

Three candidates will vie for Sebring council seats

Friday, Jan 15, 2016 -

— As of late Friday afternoon, three candidates had qualified for the Sebring city election on March 8.

Drivers urged to move over

Thursday, Jan 14, 2016 -

It was ten years ago when then Highlands County Sheriff’s patrol Deputy Roger St. Laurent had made a traffic stop on a speeding vehicle on U.S. 27 north of Stryker Ro...

Lost dog returned after more than eight years

Thursday, Jan 14, 2016 -

The last time Cynthia Conner ever saw Jo Jo, the family’s 6-month-old Cocker Spaniel, was at their Frostproof home in November 2007.

Children’s Museum closed indefinitely

Wednesday, Jan 13, 2016 -

When Cheryl Matthews took over as Children’s Museum of the Highlands director last year, she said, she noticed a little bit of sagging in the rear ceiling.

Man accused of 2 convenience store robberies

Wednesday, Jan 13, 2016 -

A Clewiston man has been arrested in connection with robberies of two convenience stores in the Lake Placid area on Jan. 3, according to warrant affidavits released Wedn...

Lunch Club celebrates 10th anniversary

Wednesday, Jan 13, 2016 -

More than 150 women attended the Lunch Club Wednesday meeting Wednesday at the Elks Club. The organization is celebrating its 10-year anniversary. It started with 20 members...

Domestic violence victims and their children get chance to do art

Tuesday, Jan 12, 2016 -

SEBRING — Julixa Robinson said she was “excited” last month when she and her two sons were invited to an art party, she said Tuesday.

Safeguards needed to prevent thefts from elderly

Monday, Jan 11, 2016 -

— At least, at first, Linnea Michele Higgins may have seemed like a good housekeeper to the elderly Highlands County woman who hired her.

Friend saves burglary victim, 75, from home intruder, authorities say

Monday, Jan 11, 2016 - — When Donald Vineyard delivered freshly cooked bacon to some long-time friends Friday, he didn’t know he would face a life-or-death situation and end up likely ...

Sebring police chief’s secretary terminated

Friday, Jan 8, 2016 -

— Sebring Police Chief Thomas Dettman fired his long-time administrative assistant Friday as the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office began investigating allegations regar...

Barbecuing up a storm

Thursday, Jan 7, 2016 -

— It’s not a national security secret, but firefighters at the Sebring Fire Department have their lips sealed.

‘Dead of Winter’ to benefit Humane Society

Thursday, Jan 7, 2016 -

— It will be sort of like visiting the dark side of Story Book Village.

Newly available drug may help former inmates stay off drugs

Wednesday, Jan 6, 2016 -

Many of the people with opiate addictions in the Highlands County jail return to drug use once they are released, Highlands County Sheriff Susan Benton says.

Council approves pay for Fire Department interns

Wednesday, Jan 6, 2016 -

Sebring Fire Chief Brad Batz is hoping action by the Sebring City Council Tuesday will help him fill eight vacant positions.

Building move, meeting goals to make up sheriff’s last year

Tuesday, Jan 5, 2016 -

— Having begun her last year in office, Highlands County Sheriff Susan Benton said that preparing to move into the new sheriff’s office, which is under construction, wi...

Two accused of helping robbery suspect

Tuesday, Jan 5, 2016 -

— A man and a woman have been accused of helping to conceal a man accused of committing two armed robberies in Avon Park, according to warrants released Tuesday.

Police Chief’s secretary placed on leave with pay

Monday, Jan 4, 2016 -

The secretary to Sebring Police Chief Thomas Dettman has been placed on leave with pay in the wake of being accused of, during a 13-year period, spending her father’s...

When is the last time you got your shoe or television repaired?

Thursday, Dec 31, 2015 -

— At Jordan’s Jewelers, there’s a photo on the wall that shows three men and a young boy.

Sister mourns brother’s death: ‘He was really sweet’

Wednesday, Dec 30, 2015 -

— A sister hopes her 15-year-old brother’s tragic death will help save the lives of others.

More than just supporting a cause

Tuesday, Dec 29, 2015 -

— When Crowne Pointe Assisted Living Facility staff members decided to create a Relay for Life team to support cancer research, Heather Collins eagerly joined.

Progress continues on bringing new life to historic Sebring hotels

Monday, Dec 28, 2015 - — As 2015 comes to a close, plans to restore new life to three historic, but long vacant, hotels continue to move forward.

Qualifying to start for Sebring City Council elections

Monday, Dec 28, 2015 -

— Qualifying for election to two Sebring City Council seats will begin Tuesday, Jan. 5, and end on Jan. 15 at 5 p.m.

A wonderful Christmas surprise

Thursday, Dec 24, 2015 -

— This holiday season wasn’t looking good for Clark Dickinson and his family.

New soda shop offers more than 250 types of soft drinks

Wednesday, Dec 23, 2015 -

— If you want “pure” root beer, Sebring Soda & Ice Cream Works may be the place to find one, at least according to a slogan on a box for Virgil’s Root...