News Update for 5/20/19

Sad word comes today that former Florida State House Representative and citrus pioneer Bert Harris jr has passed away. A longtime local representative, Harris may best be known for the property rights act that bears his name. The Bert Harris Private Property Rights Protection Act was adopted by the Florida Legislature in 1995. In 2008,

News Update for 5/17/19

If you’re in the market for some real estate, the Highlands County commission is putting some land back on the tax rolls. Commissioners have voted to go ahead with the sale of better than 100 properties. Early estimates are that the sell-off could mean at least $100,000 to the county and could reach as much

News Update for 5/17/19

If you’re in the market for some real estate, the Highlands County commission is putting some land back on the tax rolls. Commissioners have voted to go ahead with the sale of better than 100 properties. Early estimates are that the sell-off could mean at least $100,000 to the county and could reach as much

News Update for 5/16/19

Firefighters in various departments were kept busy here yesterday with calls all over Highlands county. Shortly before 1:00 yesterday afternoon units from DeSoto City and Leisure Lakes were called to a home on Henscratch Road where they found a 21′ SeaRay boat on fire. They got it extinguished quickly but preliminary damage estimates were set

News Update for 5/15/19

Avon Park city council members were to have considered an agreement with a local entity called “Four Winds,” to manage the Avon Park Executive Airport. However, the item was pulled from the agenda Monday night by Avon Park City Manager David Flowers. During the meeting, Flowers was approached by a second suitor who reportedly is

News Update for 5/13/19

It looks like the Avon Park Executive Airport soon may have a fixed base operator. At their meeting tonight, the Avon Park city council will take a look at a pending agreement with a firm that could run the facility, In other action, the council will discuss the process to hire a full-time attorney for

News Update for 5/10/19

Another brush fire in Highlands County – this time in the south end. Units from Sun ‘N Lakes, Placid Lakes and Venus turned out to assist Florida Forestry crews in snuffing what was termed “a stubborn fire.” Authorities say the property was difficult to access, as it was sparked on a secluded area off of

News Update for 5/9/19

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has signed a bill that would allow classroom teachers to carry guns in school – in systems that permit it. Highlands County Superintendent of Schools Brenda Longshore has reiterated her opposition to the expansion of the “Guardian Program” here. Instead, local schools are looking at installing the Active Shooter Awareness Program.

News Update for 5/8/19

It was just a year ago that Highlands County Sheriff’s Deputy William Gentry was gunned down during a routine call. Today, he will be honored in Washington D.C. during the National Peace Officer’s Memorial Service. Family members and several Highlands County Sheriff’s Office representatives will be there. A local observance was held here in Sebring

News Update for 5/7/19

On a 3-2 margin, Highlands County School Board members last night voted to plough ahead with plans to hire a safety and security director for the system. Members Donna Howerton and Jill Compton-Twist lobbied to hold off the action until budget time when finances became more clear and Sheriff Paul Blackman could indicate what his