News Update4 for 10/23/20

NEWS 10/22/20 BF EARLY VOTING The polls are open for early voting in Highlands County and officials say already the lines are very long. Polling places are set up at the Supervisor of Elections Operation Center on Kenilworth Blvd in Sebring, at the city council chambers in Avon Park City Hall and at the Lake

News Update for 10/20/20

Highlands County commissioners met this morning in regular session. It’s the last couple before four incumbents step down and four newcomers are sworn in. They got an update on Coronavirus. Commissioner Jim Brooks noted that overall deaths in the county don’t seem to have spiked since numbers started being kept. They also got an update

News Update for 10/19/20

Avon Park Vice Mayor Jim Barnard escaped serious injury when he was involved in a two vehicle crash over the weekend. The incident reportedly occurred Saturday at Highway 27 and Lakeview Drive. The force of the impact apparently caused the other vehicle involved to overturn. Barnard said he and his daughter were in the car.

News Update for 10/16/20

Highlands County School Board officials have announced that their board meetings once again will be going up on the web. After cajoling from the public, the board previously piloted streaming the regular school board sessions but then ceased to broadcast them. Authorities now say, since the spring Town Hall meetings, they are prepared to bring

News Update for 10/15/20

One man is dead and four Polk County Sheriff’s deputies are on administrative leave following an incident last night in Frostproof. Lawmen were called to the home on Freedom Drive shortly before 7:PM on reports of a domestic disturbance. There they encountered 28-year-old Yoel Arnaldo Mejia Santel. Crisis intervention officers reportedly talked with Santel, who

News Update for 10/14/20

Sebring police reportedly are investigating a homicide. Officers responded to a call of shots being fired int he area of Highlands and Martin Luther King Blvd. about quarter to six last night. There they found one man who had been shot and killed, and another with multiple gunshot wounds. He subsequently was treated and released

News Update for 10/13/20

Firefighters in Sebring were busy this morning. Units were called to battle the flames at a house on Second Street about 3:AM. Reportedly, the home was fully involved in flames when units arrived. The Fire Marshal’s office has been summoned to determine the cause of the blaze. Two adults and tow children were able to

News Update for 10/9/20

The Highlands County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Division made another drug sweep this morning. Reportedly it came around 7:AM when deputies served a search warrant on a Mundall Avenue address east of Sebring. Reportedly, neighbors had been complaining about the residence for a while, calling it “a problem house.” Five arrests have been made. No

News Update for 10/6/20

The City of Charm may soon be known as the City of Food Trucks. Avon Park city council members last night held a special meeting to start the ball rolling on rules and regulations for mobile food vendors in the city. Although the trucks would not be able to set up on municipal rights of

News Update for 10/5/20

The Avon Park city council will convene for a special meeting tonight. At issue will be the regulation of food trucks in the City of Charm. Apparently code enforcement officials already have received complaints about the mobile vendors. New state laws say the trucks cannot be banned from the city, however, the time, place and