Local News 10-22-21

An accident just before 8pm last night had Highway 70 tied up near the intersection with Highlands Boulevard just east of Highway 27. Fire crews and first responders responded and took two victims to area hospitals. Traffic was flowing again by 9pm. Up in Tampa they know we exist, but it’s sometimes surprising how many Continue reading

News Update for 10/21/21

There was quite a bit of activity in the “fish streets” west of Sebring yesterday as Highlands County Sheriff’s deputies pursued and caught a man wanted on multiple felony warrants. What started as a traffic pursuit soon led to a foot chase with Highlands County deputies and K-9s assisted by the Polk County Sheriff’s helicopter. Continue reading

News Update for 10/19/21

When it comes to construction managers – those working that job in Highlands County are doing pretty well. A new survey by Construction Coverage shows the average wage here is an adjusted $1,575 a week. That works out to an adjusted wage of just over $97,300 a year. That is slightly above the national average Continue reading

News Update for 10/19/21

A horse and rider were killed over the weekend when they were hit by a pickup. Florida Highway Patrol reports indicate a 74-year-old Orlando man was riding along State Road 64 west of Avon Park and entered the eastbound lane of traffic. They then were hit by a truck, driven by a 22-year-old Avon Park Continue reading

News Update for 10/15/21

Avon Park city council members have voted to go ahead and apply for an American Rescue Plan grant. The money would be used and administrated by Florida Airport Management officials for infrastructure projects at the Avon Park airport. FAM officials told council members their staff already had put some 300 hours into writing the grant Continue reading

This Week On The Road

DISTRICT ONE DISTRICTWIDE ROADWATCH REPORT #42 FOR WEEK OCTOBER 17, 2021 HIGHLANDS COUNTY US 27 from Glades County line to Polk County line: Maintenance contract project: Crews will be mowing and picking up litter along US 27 northbound and southbound from the Glades County line to the Polk County line. Please watch for workers in Continue reading

News Update for 10/14/21

Highlands County sheriff’s officials now say they believe the body found yesterday at Sun ‘N Lake south may be that of Maximilian “Max” Martinez. He was reported missing Sunday. Martinez was last reported having been dropped off at Tabby’s Bar & Grill in Lake Placid – but apparently never made it inside the establishment. Sheriff’s Continue reading

News Update for 10/13/21

Following a two day search, Highlands County Sheriff’s officials say 16-year-old Larry Huffman has been found. The Avon Park youth apparently was located yesterday. Authorities have declined to say where he was, or what he may have been doing. They only indicate he was found and is safe. Sheriff’s divers spent two days combing Lake Continue reading

News Update 10/11/21

Highlands County sheriff’s divers are out in Lake Verona again today. Reportedly, they are looking to see if 16-year-old Larry Huffman may have drown there. The Avon Park youth has been missing for better than a day and there have been reports he might have run into the water near Donaldson Park. Sheriffs officials remind Continue reading

News Update for 10/8/21

A couple of grand openings are planned for this weekend. First, will be the Champion for Children’s Theater on the Circle in Downtown Sebring. Longtime resident and musician Harry Havery has taken over management of the facility, and has planned an ongoing series of entertainment in both free and ticketed events. The first will be Continue reading