News Update for 7/23/21

An early morning crash closed State Road 17 in both directions for several hours between Avon Park and Sebring. Officials say at least two people were transported to area hospitals as a result of the single vehicle rollover. The mishap occurred just before 4:00 near the intersection of State Road 17 and San Miguel Street Continue reading

News Update for 7/21/21

Highlands County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating a shooting incident. It happened shortly before 10:00 last night at the Veranda Breeze apartment complex off Youth Care Lane and Wightman south of Sebring. The victim was air-flighted out – no word as to their condition. No other details yet are being released as it is an ongoing Continue reading

News 7/20/21

It will be an important meeting for Highlands County commissioners as they get together in regular session this morning. Among other things, they will be looking at setting a tentative millage rate for the county. Observers say even if the property tax rate is not raised, residents may be paying more – as property values Continue reading

News Update for 7/16/21

When it comes to low income housing, a recent survey shows that Sebring is in the Top 10. A survey conducted by Construction Coverage shows the greater Sebring area has the sixth lowest income limits for affordable housing among the small metro areas polled in the United States. For a one person unit, only $31,000 Continue reading

News Update for 7/15/21

Florida Highway Patrol officials say three people were killed yesterday afternoon in a two vehicle accident west of Avon Park. Reportedly, a pickup driven by a Bowling Green man, went left of center on State Road 64. His truck collided head-on with another pickup, towing a trailer, driven by a Wauchulla man. Both drivers and Continue reading

News Update for 713/21

Florida Highway Patrol officials finally are releasing some information about that fatal traffic crash early yesterday near the Gator Shack restaurant. According to reports, an unknown person was driving a car west on US Highway 98 and failed to negotiate a curve. The sedan went off the road, hit a tree and caught fire. The Continue reading

News Update for 7/12/21

Highway 98 east of Arbuckle Creek was closed in both directions for several hours this morning following a fatal car crash there. Florida Highway Patrol officials have refused to release any details about the mishap. It is known the accident occurred near the Gator Shack restaurant around 2:00 this morning. Witnesses report it appears to Continue reading

News Update for 7/9/21

A blaze at a residence on Century Blvd kept Firefighters in the Avon Park area busy during the early morning hours. The call came in shortly before 1:30 this morning. Units from West Sebring and the city of Avon Park responded to the blaze. Reportedly, the manufactured home was fully involved when they arrived at Continue reading

News Update for 7/8/21

A candle left unattended is being blamed for a fire in Lake Placid that caused around $10,000 damage. Units from Placid Lakes and Highlands Park were called to the house on Martinique Avenue NE. Authorities say one room was involved when units arrived at the scene – but it quickly was knocked down. There was Continue reading

News 7/7/21

Tropical Storm Elsa is on her way out. The bulk of the big storm passed by in the Gulf overnight. So far, officials say there have been no reports of any wind damage or flooding although there has been a LOT of rain. Highlands County Road & Bridge staff will continue to hand out sandbags Continue reading