News Update for 5/24/18

School’s out for the summer! Officials of the Highlands County Schools say not only is today the last day of school, it also is an early release day. That means motorists are advised to look for additiona activity including youngsters walking and riding bicycles. A new race team has formed here in Highlands County –

News Update for 5/23/18

Highlands County officials say EMS Director Rich Barnes has been terminated. Barnes had been employed since January of last year when he was hired to replace former EMS Director Harvey Craven. County officials say Barnes was separated from employment, as he was “not a good fit,” and they had decided to “go in another direction.”

News Update for 5/22/18

Despite all the wet weather, officials from the Florida Forest Service say there still are a half dozen active wildfires in the state and two of them are right here in Highlands County. The Mini Ranch fire out by the Sebring International Raceway continues to smolder. That one has been burning since March and has

News Update for 5/22/18

Despite all the wet weather, officials from the Florida Forest Service say there still are a half dozen active wildfires in the state and two of them are right here in Highlands County. The Mini Ranch fire out by the Sebring International Raceway continues to smolder. That one has been burning since March and has

News Update f9or 5/21/18

A crash involving an All-Terrain Vehicle yesterday resulted in the death of one person and serious injury to four others. Florida Highway Patrol reports indicate 16-year-old Parker Wayne Williams was killed when he was thrown from the Polaris he was riding in with four other people. According to reports, 20-year-old Owen Louis Mack was driving

News Headlines 5-18-18

Deputy Sherriff William Gentry’s name figued prominently again yesterday, this time among the longer list of the fallen and passed, at the annual Peace Officers’ Memorial Day ceremony at the Highlands County Government Center. The morning program featured reading of the names of the twelve Florida officers lost during 2017, color guard from the VFW

News Headlines 5-17-18

The owners of what’s left of the old Heartland Bowling Lanes north of Sun N Lake on Highway 27 might be looking at some fines after a deadline passed May 12 for demolition of the burned-out building. The structure caught fire during Hurricane Irma back in September – the cart racing track on the property

News Headlines 5-16-18

Deputy Sherriff William J. Gentry Jr. was sent home to be with his maker yesterday at the Highlands County Fairgrounds. In a packed convention center attended by In a ceremony attended by Gov. Rick Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi, Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam, more than 2,000 officers from other agencies and over 1,500 County

News Headlines 5-15-18

Highlands County is protected this morning, but by our neighbors to the north. Beginning at 6pm last night, Polk County Sheriff’s department personnel took over handling calls in Highlands to allow personnel from our local department to attend Deputy William Gentry’s memorial service this morning and related events. A release from the Department here asks

News Headlines 5-14-18

A little unwanted excitement at Sebring High School Friday morning caused a little over an hour’s worth of lockdown at the school, and gate closures at other area schools when what was deemed a – quote – credible threat was made by a student from the school. As it turned out, the threat involved a