News Update for 05/20/24

A Sentencing trial has been set for Zephen Xaver, a 27-year-old former prison guard, who executed 5 women at the Sebring SunTrust Bank, back in 2019. 12 jurors will decide whether Xaver is sentenced to Life without parole or death. Jury selection begins today in the sentencing trials after experiencing numerous delays. Xaver pled guilty Continue reading

News Update for 05/17/24

The Highlands County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to an Avon Park home last night at approximately 8:30pm in regards to a suspicious incident. Upon arrival to the home on Joe Hilton street, deputies found two victims, a female and male, both 69 years old, with serious injuries. According to the male victim, the suspect, Lindsey Continue reading

News Update for 05/16/24

Several Downtown Bowling Green residents and businesses are now the proud recipients of generous Facade Grants. In an initiative to enhance the exterior appearance of properties and to contribute to the beauty of downtown Bowling Green. Grants were awarded during the Community Redevelopment Agency’s Tuesday meeting, after an application deadline of May 6th. Initial proposed Continue reading

News Update for 05/15/24

A large brush fire broke out late yesterday afternoon in the Leisure Lakes community in Lake Placid, on Bluebird Avenue and Henscratch Road. It affected close to 300 acres and caused mandatory evacuation orders for about 175 structures. Multiple outbuildings caught fire and were destroyed, as well as one vehicle and one utility trailer. Highlands Continue reading

News Update for 5/14/24

HCSO has made an arrest in the attempted murder shooting of an Avon Park man, that occurred on Friday night. According to reports, the victim was shot in the doorway of his home located on West Ruth Street in Avon Park and sustained two apparent gunshot wounds to his leg and chest. Multiple witnesses quickly Continue reading

News Update for 5/13/24

      Search and rescue efforts continued yesterday by multiple agencies for a missing boater first reported missing Saturday evening on Lake Jackson. The missing boater has been identified only as a 22 year old male from Hardee County and was not alone at the time of his disappearance. As of 11:00pm on Saturday night, The Florida Continue reading

News Update for 5/10/24

There’s been a shooting in Highlands County. This one happened on West Ruth Street in Avon Park about 10:30 last night. According to reports, the victim had to be airlifted out to a trauma center. He’s listed in "stable" condition. A suspect in the case has been arrested. So far, no names have been released. Continue reading

News Update for 5/9/24

Despite pushback from members of the local community, the Sebring city council has approved a plan that would move memorial plaques and bricks, once on the Historic Circle, out to Veterans’ Beach. Sebring City Administrator Scott Noethlic made the presentation showing the plan, that will cost taxpayers about $17,000. There had been complaints about the Continue reading

News Update for 5/8/24

Highlands County Director of Critical Infrastructure Claude "Gator" Howerton is leaving. His last day will be Friday. After eight years working for Highlands County, Howerton will take the post as County Engineer for Polk County. Howerton served for years as the Highlands County Engineer before being moved to his current post. His last day will Continue reading

News Update for 5/7/24

There will be a Peace Officers’ Memorial Day ceremony today. Members of the law enforcement community, local leaders and citizens will gather to honor those who have been killed in the line of duty. The observance will commence at 11 a.m. in front of the Highlands County Sheriff’s office at 400 S. Eucalyptus St. in Continue reading