News Update for 5/10/21

Two people were killed, three other people were injured and Highway 70 was closed in Highlands County for hours early Saturday morning, as the result of a horrific four-vehicle traffic accident south of Lake Placid. Florida Highway Patrol officials say a pick-up and an SUV collided on ’70 just east of Parkland Drive. Both occupants […]Continue reading

News Update for 5/5/21

Highlands County commissioners yesterday took the first steps to raise the fire assessment here. Following a lengthy report, commissioners discussed whether or not to extend a cap on the percentage of increase that could be charged to some residences. Highlands Safety Services Chief Marc Bashoor indicated increasing such caps and ranges would bring in nearly […]Continue reading

News Update for 5/4/21

Today is OJ Day, and Highlands County commissioners approved a resolution to that effect when they met in regular session this morning. When it comes to citrus production – despite recent problems with greening – Highlands remains a big dog. Highlands county is second in the state when it comes to citrus production, putting out […]Continue reading

News Update for 5/3/21

Following the departure of Kim Gay, Avon Park has an interim city clerk. Finance Director Danielle Phillips has taken over clerk duties until a permanent replacement can be found. The Frostproof city council will have their eye on Independence Day when they meet in regular session. The town, known for its special events, will be […]Continue reading

News Update for 4/30/21

Self-described Highlands County government watchdog Preston Colby has passed away. He reportedly died early yesterday morning at the Good Shepard Hospice in Sebring after a long illness. He was 78. In the 1990s, Colby had been involved in a series of lawsuits involving Highlands County, the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office and the Highlands County clerk […]Continue reading

News Update for 4/29/21

It was a long night for Highlands County sheriff’s deputies last night. They chased a speeding motorist all around the Sebring area then up to the north end of the county. Apparently, it revolved around a domestic disturbance with a 19-year-old Sebring man taking a car with his victim in it. She apparently began screaming […]Continue reading

News Update for 4/28/21

There has been another fatal fire in Highlands County – this one yesterday in the Caladium Capital. Units from Highlands Park, Lake Placid and Sun ‘N Lakes south responded to the home on Copperhead drive in the Lake Placid Campground Resort. Highlands County Sheriff’s deputies were first on the scene, where they found the unit […]Continue reading

News Update for 2/26/21

It was a long couple of days, but the landfill fire now has been declared officially as “out.” Highlands County fire authorities say there’s no telling what started it – or how much trash actually was burned up in the blaze. At it’s peak, the flames covered the top of the giant garbage pile and […]Continue reading

News Update for 4/23/21

Firefighters from all over Highlands County were called to the county landfill during the early morning hours to battle a blaze there. The flames reportedly were discovered about 2:30 this morning. Authorities say it apparently started deep in the landfill and a cause may never be determined. They say it’ll be a while before it’s […]Continue reading

News Update for 4/22/21

If it sounds like there’s more air traffic in Highlands County today – well, there is. Officials at the Avon Park Bombing Range have announce they will be hosting training flights from early morning until very late tonight. They declined to indicate what kind of planes might be utilizing the range or whether they are […]Continue reading