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News Update for 4/22/24

Should Avon Park city council members get help from taxpayers on filling out the newly required Form 6? That question will be up for discussion this evening when the city council meets for their regular session. The new form is much more intrusive and complex than former public disclosure forms. Some council members have expresed Continue reading

News Update for 4/19/24

Highlands County Sheriff’s detectives are working a shooting incident. It occurred shortly before 8:30 last night in Avon Park at West Pleasant and Summit streets during a verbal altercation. The victim was flown out to a trauma center with what were described as non-life threatening injuries. No arrests have yet been made Authorities still are Continue reading

News Update for 4/18/24

Problems in Polk County for a former Avon Park city manager. Maria Sutherland has been fired from her post as the Fort Meade Assistant City Manager. Interim Fort Meade City Manager Dustin Burke said he let Sutherland go due to what he termed "mismanagement in several areas." The action happened after Burke said he had Continue reading

News Update for 4/17/24

Today and tomorrow will be the final times for those wishing to view The Wreaths Across America Educational Exhibit. It will be open from 10am until 7pm at the Lakeshore Mall. The 48-foot exhibit is equipped with a 24-person screening room that will show videos with a number of interactive computers as well. Organizers say Continue reading

News Update for 4/15/24

Those wanting to learn more about what veterans have done for our country will have an opportunity to learn more beginning tomorrow. The Wreaths Across America Educational Exhibit arrived by escort today at the Lakeshore Mall, and will be open to the pubic tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday from 10am until 7pm. The 48-foot exhibit is Continue reading

News Update for 4/12/24

While improvements are continuing at the Kenelworth Lodge in Sebring, according to reports in the Tampa Bay Business Journal, Mark & Madge Stewart, longtime owners of the hotel are suing their business partners. The Sebring couple reportedly is requesting a dissolution all net proceeds of the sale of the property. It’s a complicated affair, dating Continue reading

News Update for 4/11/24

Hold on to your hat! Highlands County officials are warning residents that some blustry weather may be moving through the area today. Wind and thunderstorms are expected later this afternoon with a "marginal risk" of severe weather. They warn unsecured objects outside may get blown about a bit. The long arm of the Highlands County Continue reading

News Update 4/10/24

Once again the idea of "intentionally" instructing local students in sexual orientation and sexual identity has caused Highlands County School Board members to pull a list of proposed policies and take them back for further discussion. Policies that had been up for consideration were pulled after board members Reece Martin and Nichole Radonski joined members Continue reading

News Update for 4/9/24

First it was the Circle Theatre, now, it appears the Champion For Children’s Foundation may be dealing off another property on the Historic Circle in downtown Sebring. Apparently, they are in negotiations with Jim and Coleen Polatty to sell off the Garden of Joy, adjacent to the theater. The hope is to create a garden Continue reading

News Update for 4/8/24

Avon Park city council will meet for their first session of the month this evening. Among other things, the council will go over the lease for the Avon Park Senior Activities Center, and get a five month update of revenues and expenditures by the city from finance director Melanie Sauerhafer. In other action, city attorney Continue reading