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News Update for 9/17/21

Quick work by Highlands County sheriff’s deputies has resulted in a couple of arrests in connection with a shooting incident. It happened yesterday afternoon off Vision Street in the Highway Park community south of Lake Placid. The victim was airlifted out and is said to be in stable condition. Arrested and charged in the case Continue reading

News Update for 9/16/21

The Alan Jay Automotive Network has been acquired. It was announced yesterday that LMP Holdings has bought a major portion of the Alan Jay Group. LMP, an American-based automotive retailer deals both in site-built and e-commerce sales. They reportedly have acquired an 85-percent interest in the Alan Jay operation. Over better than a quarter century, Continue reading

News 9/14/21

We didn’t make the bottom ten – but we came close. A new report by the internet site Smartest Dollar has found that the Sebring-Avon Park area has the 11th lowest mortgage loan approval rate in the United States. Despite the booming housing market, only 72-percent of mortgqage loans were approved locally. That compares to Continue reading

News Update for 9/13/21

It’s that time of year again. Reports are coming in that Love Bugs have been spotted in Highlands County. The insects don’t bite and generally are harmless – except being splattered all over cars and trucks. They come twice a year – once in the fall and once in the spring. It remains to be Continue reading

News Update for 9/10/21

Tomorrow will mark the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States – where the twin towers in New York City were demolished, the Pentagon in Washington was damaged and a plane headed for another attack was crashed in Pennsylvania. Here in Highlands County a number of observances are planned. The annual Highlands Continue reading

News Update for 9/9/21

The late Highlands County Supervisor of Elections Penny Ogg will be laid to rest today. Ogg passed away suddenly this past weekend following a brief hospital stay. She was 49. Services are set for 11:00 this morning at the Stephenson Nelson Funeral Home. Anticipating an overflow crowd, the services also will be available online through Continue reading

News Update for 9/8/21

Highlands County residents will have an opportunity to pay their last respects to Highlands County Supervisor of Elections Penny Ogg today. Visitation will be held this evening from 4-7 at the Stephenson-Nelson Funeral Home in Sebring. Ogg died suddenly this past weekend following a brief hospital stay. Services are set for Thursday morning at 11am. Continue reading

News Update for 9/7/21

Now that the fire assessment will be going up, Highlands County commissioners will be dealing with issues related to the countywide fire service. This Thursday, the county’s negotiating team will be headed into contract talks with the professional EMS & Firefighters union. At today’s meeting, commissioners approved pumping another $94,000 into the construction of the Continue reading

News Update for 9/6/21

Popular Highlands County Supervisor of Elections Penny Ogg passed away suddenly this past weekend. It occurred during a brief hospital stay. Family members indicate Ogg, a cancer survivor, had gone in after experiencing anxiety. While hospitalized she “coded” and could not be revived. Ogg had worked in the supervisor’s office since 2004 and was elected Continue reading

News Update 9/1/21

A new report by the survey company Support Network shows that the Sebring metro area has grown by 6.4-percent over the past half dozen years. The survey shows that some 6,435 residents have re-located here since 2015. The local 6.4-percent beats the national averge of 2.7-percent growth. They say a lot of folks have migrated Continue reading