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News Update for 4/23/21

Firefighters from all over Highlands County were called to the county landfill during the early morning hours to battle a blaze there. The flames reportedly were discovered about 2:30 this morning. Authorities say it apparently started deep in the landfill and a cause may never be determined. They say it’ll be a while before it’s […]Continue reading

News Update for 4/22/21

If it sounds like there’s more air traffic in Highlands County today – well, there is. Officials at the Avon Park Bombing Range have announce they will be hosting training flights from early morning until very late tonight. They declined to indicate what kind of planes might be utilizing the range or whether they are […]Continue reading

News Update for 4/20/21

The Highlands County commission usually meets on Tuesday mornings – but not this week. The meeting has been moved to Friday April 23 to commemorate Highlands County’s 100th birthday. Commissioners will take the opportunity to recognize the centennial and receive an historical piece on the county. They also will take action on some regular business […]Continue reading

News Update for 4/1921

A lightning storm hit central Florida this morning. Here in Highlands County there were no reports of any severe damage. Reportedly, there was one car that ran off the road and some sparking power lines during the storm. Highlands schools’ bus routes also were suspended this morning for a time due to the weather. Despite […]Continue reading

News Update for 4/16

A good portion of Avon Park residents may see their water bills climb a bit. Council members in the City of Charm have authorized the purchase of 1,000 new water meters. When asked why they needed them, Utilities Director Rick Rees said, there are 1,000 dead meters in the city and they need to be […]Continue reading

News Update for 4/15/21

NEWS 4/15/21 BF BRICKELL BUILDING The Avon Park city council has taken another step toward selling the Brickell building. They passed on first reading, a measure that would change the zoning of the structure to a “planned unit development.” The action will allow for more housing units inside the Main Street structure. While council plans […]Continue reading

News Update for 4/14/21

Avon Park city council members learned about a new proposal for their airport – but they haven’t learned much. Consultant Lowell Clary revealed the existence of a new, unsolicited offer from Florida Airport Management to run the Avon Park Airport – but said confidentiality rules prevented him from revealing any details. FAM has put in […]Continue reading

News Update for 4/13/21

One person was injured this morning when a car hit a building. The mishap occurred just off Sun ‘N Lake Blvd shortly after 9AM. The driver reportedly was taken to the hospital. No details have been released as to the extent of their injuries. An accident in Hardee County closed part of State Road 64 […]Continue reading

New3s Update for 4/12/21

Accident near Frostproof this morning has caused traffic delays throughout the morning. A News tipper reported a semi-tractor-trail rig jacknifed then overturned on Highway 27 at the Avon Park Cutoff road. Both northbound lanes of 27 have been blocked since the pre-dawn hours. No accident details or reports of injuries have been released. Matters at […]Continue reading

News Update for 4/9/21

A Sebring woman was killed in a traffic accident yesterday afternoon north of Lake Placid. According to Florida Highway Patrol reports, the 55-year old driver was pulling from Lake Josephine Drive across Highway 27, when she was hit by an oncoming van. The van hit her broadside. Troopers say the woman was not buckled up […]Continue reading