News Headlines 12-31-19

COUNTY SHERIFF’S DETECTIVES CONTINUE TO INVESTIGATE AN APPARENT HOMICIDE SUNDAY IN AVON PARK. THE NAME OF THE VICTIM WAS ORIGINALLY REVERSED IN THE REPORT – 29-YEAR-OLD VAN’DERKEL CLAYTON OF AVON PARK DIED OF AN APPARENT HOMICIDE SUNDAY – ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CALL 863-402-7200 OR EMAIL DETECTIVES@HIGHLANDSSHERIFF.ORG. THE STATE FIRE MARSHALL IS LOOKING

News Headlines 12-30-19

HIGHLANDS COUNTY SHERiFf’S DETECTIVES ARE INVESTIGATING A HOMICIDE SUNDAY MORNING ON SOUTH AVENUE ‘A’ IN AVON PARK. WE KNOW THE VICTIM’S NAME IS 29 YEAR OLD CLAYTON VAN DERKEL OF AVON PARK – FURTHER DETAILS AREN’T BEING RELEASED QUITE YET, BUT DETECTIVES WOULD APPRECIATE YOUR HELP AS THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION CAN CALL

News Headlines 12-27-19

THE FLORIDA STATE PATROL HAS RELEASED THE NAMES OF THE TWO PEOPLE KILLED IN THAT HEAD-ON WRECK ON HIGHWAY 70 AND COUNTY 721 TUESDAY MORNING. 21 YEAR OLD JACOB VIOLETTE OF VERO BEACH WAS KILLED WHEN HIS PICKUP TRUCK TRAVELLED INTO ONCOMING TRAFFIC ABOUT 3:40AM AND CLIPPED THE FRONT END OF A FORD VAN DRIVEN

News Headlines 12-24-19

THE FLORIDA STATE PATROL REPORTS HIGHWAY 70 NEAR COUNTY ROAD 721 EAST OF LAKE PLACID IS STILL BLOCKED AFTER A TRAFFIC INCIDENT AND FATALITY EARLY THIS MORNING. DETAILS AREN’T AVAILABLE YET. HEADING OUT OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY TOWARD OKEECHOBEE ON US98 MAY BE A BETTER CHOICE FOR A FEW HOURS. A SEMI TRUCK TRACTOR TRYING TO

News Headlines 12-20-19

DESOTO CITY, LORIDA AND LEISURE LAKES FIRE CREWS RESPONDED TO A REPORTED STRUCTURE FIRE ON ELLIOT ROAD ON LAKE ISTOKPOGA YESTERDAY MORNING. A PROBLEM WITH THE HEATING SYSTEM CAUSED THE SCARE. NO INJURIES TO REPORT, BUT A REMINDER – CHECK AND SERVICE THAT FURNACE AND AIR HANDLER, KEEP SPACE HEATERS AWAY FROM WALLS AND DRAPERY,

News Headlines 11-13-19

Tuesday’s County Commission meeting should be an interesting one – and a big part of the fireworks will be over a proposed resolution with no legal teeth to it. At the last meeting of the Board, Commissioner Arlene Tuck proposed a resolution declaring Highlands County a Second Amendment Sanctuary County – a symbolic response to

News Headlines 11-15-19

It was a great day in Avon Park yesterday for the Highlands Radio Group’s Thanksgiving In The Heartland drive for the New Testament Mission – listeners donated close to $1,200 and a vanload of groceries, blankets, jackets and more for the Mission. Next Thursday, the campaign makes its final stop in Lake Placid. The New

News Headlines Thursday, 11-14-19

It’s mid-November, and that means two traditions in Highlands County are asking for help. One is the Highlands Radio Group’s Annual Thanksgiving in The Heartland drive for the New Testament Mission. WWOJ and Lite FM personalities will be set up today outside Avon Park Bingo, right off the corner of Highway 27 and Main Street

News Headlines 9-27-19

The annual frights are back at the Highlands County Humane Society. Beginning tonight, Terror Trail begins its annual run, and the wooded area behind the Humane Society shelter on Heywood Taylor Boulevard will be full of ghosts, goblins and other frights every Friday and Saturday through October. Performances begin at dark each night. Florida Fish

News Headlines 9-26-19

Your Sheriff’s Department could use a hand. Highlands County Sheriff’s detectives are seeking help identifying the three other suspects involved in a home invasion robbery in Avon Park on Sept. 6. The alleged ringleader, Latrevieus Dionne Wiley, is in the County lockup on charges related to the robbery on Willie Hawk Avenue. He had three