News Update for 6/25/19

Highlands County Sheriff’s officials have released the name of of a second body found this weekend. It is said to be that of Taylor Jeral Morgan of Lake Placid. The 18-year-old Morgan was last seen in Sebring on June 18. The remains of Morgan and Janquill Terrell Williams were found in separate areas between Sebring

News Update for 6/24/19

Highlands County Sheriff’s officials say it will be a while before the second of two homicide victims is positively identified. The bodies of two men were found Saturday about nine miles apart. The first was discovered Saturday morning in an orange grove in a rural area between Avon Park and Sebring. That one has been

News Update for 6/21/19

It’s that time again, when USA Today begins to compile their “10 Best” lists, and the Sebring International Raceway is looking for your help. The last time around they were voted the 4th best motorsports race in the world. They are looking to better that mark. Members of the Sebring Nation are being urged to

News Update for 6/20/19

An accident south of Lake Placid has sent at least one person to the hospital. The mishap occurred last night about 10:30 on State Road 70 East. Florida Highway Patrol officials have released no names or other details. Quick work by Highlands County firefighters reportedly contained a fire in the Fairmount Mobile Estates. Units from

News Update for 6/19/19

A Sebring icon has passed away. Chamber of Commerce officials have announced the death of Thelma Pyle. For nearly half a century Pyle was synonomous with the chamber as an employee and volunteer. She also served for nearly a decade on the Sebring city council. A social media post has indicated that Highlands County Animal

news Update for 6/18/19

A new community bank is in the works for Highlands County. Reportedly John Shoop has left Center State Bank with an eye toward creating a new local financial institution. Shoop said a number of his management team has come with him to put together the “First Southern Bank.” The institution currently is under review by

News Update for 6/17/19

Polk County Sheriff’s officials say a Sebring woman apparently was struck and killed near Lakeland. Authorities say 22-year-old Kara Fay Hanvey was found in a grass median along US Hwy 92 East early yesterday morning. Preliminary investigations point to a hit and run accident, however, an autopsy is slated for later today to determine the

News Update for 6/13/19

The academic year has come to a close and Highlands County school officials are trying to do some evaluations. However, it appear a lot of teachers are hesitant to fill out internet survey sheets on their administrators. Feedback to school board members indicate they do not believe that the online questionnaires are entirely anonymous –

News Update for 6/12/19

Highlands County school board members spent the bulk of their meeting last night going over nearly 50 policy changes. Board attorney John McClure explained each one briefly – noting that they come in response to state mandate. One regards religious expression in public schools – with mandates that students not be prohibited from prayer. Another

News Update for 6/11/19

After finding that grant money will cover less than half the project, Highlands County officials now say they will help the city of Avon Park find additional funding for a proposed water line extension. The project will end just short of the county line and would serve the planned Nucor Steel manufacturing facility and the