News Headlines 7-5-2019

It’ll take an autopsy to be sure, but it looks like a pack of dogs is to blame for the death of Melvin Olds, Junior in Highway Park south of Lake Placid yesterday. Sheriff’s dispatch got a call just before noon from the woman who found the 45 year old’s body. Medical examiners were called

Local News Headlines 7-4-2019

It’s Independence Day, and to get us all on the same page, government offices are all closed today excepting emergency services. Local government offices will reopen on schedule tomorrow. Trash pickup – this is one of the few holidays when the County contractor doesn’t pick up. Ditto for the City of Sebring. Scheduled Thursday pickups

News Headlines 7-3-2019

Northbound traffic on Highway 27 was tied up for hours yesterday afternoon after three semi trucks and a minivan got into a chain reaction accident that cost one driver his life at the corner of Highway 27 and 98 south of Sebring yesterday afternoon. Mark Tomlinson of Lakeland was killed in the wreck when his

Local News 7-2-2019

The Florida Standards Assessment scores are out for County school systems in our neck of the woods, and Highlands County students’ performance in the annual standardized tests were flat year over year comparing this last academic year to 2017-2018, with 48% of our kids performing at or above Level 3 in English language skills and

Local News Headlines 7-1-19

Two people died in a wreck just past 1:30 Saturday afternoon on Highway 70 south of Lake Placid. The accident report says 72 years old Francisco Cordoba of Lake Placid was driving a Freightliner semi truck and trailer westbound east of Robert McGree Road when a Toyota pickup with a couple from Boynton Beach coming

News Headlines 2-1-19

That “Sebring Strong Survivors Fund” Gofundme page we’ve been telling you about is going strong – as of this morning, the tally was just shy of $71,000 for the families of the SunTrust shooting victims. Go Fund Me is pretty well established, and that drive is backed by the SunTrust Foundation, but there ARE people

Local Headlines 1-31-19

Highlands County’s professionally-centered fire service system took another step forward this month. Public Safety Director Marc Bashoor told the County Commission last week that he’s got crews doing full shifts on duty at Sun N Lakes South and as of yesterday, fulltime staffing at DeSoto City. One 24 hour shift includes two firefighters and a

News Headlines 12-31-18

One of the two unidentified victims in that fiery crash north of Brighton last Sunday has been identified, and the final name is being held pending notification of kin. The head-on wreck killed four people, and one of the two vehicles was so badly wrecked and burned that the only thing Troopers could tell at

News Headlines 12-28-18

Another fatal traffic accident in the County. This one happened yesterday just after 11am on Lake June Road at Piney Point Drive west of Highway 27. A 2003 Ford driven by 76 year old Joanne Hill of Lake Placid was negotiating one of the turns on Lake June Road and drove onto the shoulder. At

News Headlines 12-27-18

Another shooting last night in Avon Park. Deputies were called to the area of Hal MacRoae Boulevard and Delaney before midnight last night, where they located a male gunshot wound victim who required flight-for-life transportation out of town, in stable condition. Detectives are investigating; as always, if you know something, detectives would appreciate a call.