About an hour before she died in a crash Christmas Eve, Jessica Smith posted holiday wishes to her friends on Facebook. “She was the co-worker you never forget, the one who’d always say, ‘It’s so good to see you,' " Liz Cates said of her friend and former supervisor at Walmart. Smith and her husband, Christopher Smith, 44, both of Eustis, died at the scene of the Leesburg crash about 8:30 p.m. Their 13-year-old daughter died from her injuries Christmas morning. The couple’s 11-year-old son was critically injured.
When Megan Sorbo first spoke out for Florida black bears at a public meeting, she was 9 and needed a step stool to see over the podium. In the years since, the home-schooled Orlando girl, now 13, has taken up the cause not only of bears but also panthers, the Everglades and Split Oak Forest.