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Saturday, Aug 29, 2015

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Highlands Today

Video of dog being kicked draws outrage

Friday, Aug 28, 2015 -

— It was a video that quickly spread across Facebook Thursday evening and outraged dozens of viewers.

Residents urged to have a plan in case Erika affects the area

Thursday, Aug 27, 2015 -

— Highlands County resident Matthew Byrd is ready for any impacts from Tropical Storm Erika, which may turn into a hurricane.

Dog owner questions whether animal’s shooting was legal

Wednesday, Aug 26, 2015 - — Ruger, a 3 year old Great Dane, would often spend time in the front yard of his owner’s home in Sun ‘n Lake.

Community supports ill business owner

Tuesday, Aug 25, 2015 -

— A few weeks ago, Vicki Jarvis, co-owner of Frames and Images, noticed that Capt. Ron, also known as Ronald Thomas, kept his business open only sporadically.

Investigation continues into multiple-fatality wreck

Monday, Aug 24, 2015 -

— Two Highlands County residents who died in a head-on collision early Sunday morning while returning home from a vacation in the Florida Keys were remembered Monday as happy,...

Heroin epidemic nearby raises local concerns

Sunday, Aug 23, 2015 -

— Although there have been few, if any, arrests in Highlands County for heroin sales or possession during the last year, that doesn’t mean people don’t use it he...

Publix moves toward demolishing, rebuilding south Sebring store

Thursday, Aug 20, 2015 -

— As Patti Baker left the south Sebring Publix Thursday, she said, she shops there “quite a bit.”

New program to help people with dementia

Wednesday, Aug 19, 2015 -

— As administrator of an adult daycare center for Alzheimer’s patients, Cora Schwingel has heard multiple stories of people with dementia wandering off.

A new view

Tuesday, Aug 18, 2015 -

— Day after day for more than a year, Donna Albee has stared up at the non-descript white ceiling tiles in her Palms of Sebring room and conjured up images from the crevices i...

Getting in style for school

Monday, Aug 17, 2015 -

— “I’m free,” 6-year-old Chase Freimuth exclaimed after getting his hair cut Monday at Sunridge Baptist Church.

A hole in one

Friday, Aug 14, 2015 -

– When it comes to Sebring’s municipal course, Bill Fowler has nothing, but good memories of the times he’s played golf there.

County becomes a focal point for turtle smuggling, official says

Friday, Aug 14, 2015 -

— Months ago, two men from China traveled to New York. They then moved to Highlands County and established a residence on Lake Istokpoga before renting a fish farm in Clewisto...

Police: Man stole 151,000 gallons of water

Thursday, Aug 13, 2015 -

— In Highlands County, water thefts occur, but most of time the situation is resolved with a tampering fee rather than criminal charges, officials say.

New Youth treatment facility to fit need, some say

Wednesday, Aug 12, 2015 -

— The youth residential drug treatment facility that will soon open in Sebring is sorely needed, but some of its benefits to the area may be indirect, one person involved in t...

CRA mulls changing charter to spend more on events

Tuesday, Aug 11, 2015 -

— Two years ago, downtown promoters were looking for new ways to draw people to Sebring’s central business district.

New director takes over Children’s Advocacy Center

Monday, Aug 10, 2015 -

— Ever since Mary Plankenhorn graduated from the University of Florida, she has worked in services involving children, including investigating child abuse, human trafficking a...

City may install cameras at park

Friday, Aug 7, 2015 -

— As Sandra Velez spent time this week with family at Rotary Park, she said, she wouldn’t object to surveillance cameras watching her and other people in the area.

Authorities say store manager reported fake robbery

Thursday, Aug 6, 2015 -

— When the manager of a Dollar General store reported on June 23 she was robbed while making a deposit, Highlands County deputies responded, formed a perimeter and searched....

Several residents report jury service scam

Wednesday, Aug 5, 2015 -

— When David and Blanche Jayjack are summoned for jury duty, they willingly carry out their civic duty, they said Wednesday.

Highlands County celebrates National Night Out

Wednesday, Aug 5, 2015 -

— At the Tanglewood clubhouse Thursday evening, at least 250 people gathered for hotdogs, potato chips and a variety of food.

Murder cases still moving through court system

Tuesday, Aug 4, 2015 -

— It’s been almost two years since Javon Douryan Moses was charged with the murder of a former Avon Park High School football star, but he has yet to be tried.

Should school bus stops be on streets where sex offenders live?

Monday, Aug 3, 2015 -

— An Avon Park Lakes resident will be driving her daughter to and from school after learning a convicted sex offender lives on the same street as the nearest school bus stop...

Local home-building market remains steady

Saturday, Aug 1, 2015 -

— On Friday, Amy and Scott Nielson moved their possessions into their new home in the Covered Bridge development near Lake Placid.

Residents complain about living in condemned apartments

Friday, Jul 31, 2015 -

— During a period of months, Odaliz Fraginals has lived in an apartment with mold, leaks and cracks.

Some local business owners optimistic about future

Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 -

— Rick “Webster” Strzelewicz, owner of Heartland Band Supply, says he believes Sebring is following developments on the coast and coming out of the recess...

Stepfather upset over possible plea deal in road rage case

Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 -

SEBRING — A Highlands County man is outraged that the man accused of running over his stepson with a truck may end up serving no time in state prison, he said Thursday.

Council approves budget; OKs more firefighters

Tuesday, Jul 28, 2015 -

— The Sebring City Council approved Monday night a $9.6 million 2015-2016 general fund budget that will include three additional firefighter positions.

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.