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News Update for 6/2/23

It appears when it comes to new construction value, the Avon Park/Sebring metro area is above the national average. A new report by Construction Coverage, looking at the US locations investing the most in affordable housing, found that locally, the average construction value was $230,000 per unit. That’s slightly over the national average of $226,000 Continue reading

News Update for 6/1/23

Today begins the 2023 Hurricane Season and Highlands County officials say they are ready for what that may bring. They say the county’s emergency management officials have made strides over the past year getting prepared. Better organization and clearer communication have been the focus of their efforts. Among other things, they have been holding preparedness Continue reading

News Update for 5/31/23

Highlands and Hardee County sheriff’s deputies combined last night to recover a stolen car and arrest a suspect. Picked up in connection with the incident was Jimmy Ray Jackson. According to reports the 41-year-old Avon Park man was at the wheel of a stolen car that was spotted at the CVS drug store at Highway Continue reading

News Update 5/30/23

South Florida State College presidential finalist Fred Hawkins reportedly will start a two-day visit at the school today. On his schedule are a tour of the district, including the Highlands, Hardee and Desoto campuses. Hawkins also will stop by the Lake Placid Center as well as the Hotel Jacaranda. This afternoon at 4:00 Hawkins will Continue reading

News Update for 5/29/23

Today is Memorial Day and there are observances slated across Highlands County. At 2:00 this afternoon, Memorial Day observances will be held at the Military Sea Services Museum on Roseland Avenue in Sebring. It will be a rare appearance by Congressman Scott Franklin, who will give the keynote address there. This morning an observance was Continue reading

Local News Headlines 5-26-23

If you use Stryker Road heading across the northern part of the County, good news – it’s open again this morning. Crews completed the culvert work yesterday and Stryker is back open. That said, there IS still sod and driveway work being done to finish the job, so care and caution is in order. And, Continue reading

News Update for 5/25/23

Avon Park city council members will gather for a special meeting this evening. They again will take a look at the possibility of revamping Main Street. The plan, presented by Renaissance Planning already has had a couple of hearings. Among other things, it involves reverse angle parking, chicanes and the narrowing of the roadway to Continue reading

News Update 5/24/23

A new memorial may be coming to Avon Park. The effort apparently started after representatives of the Battle of the Bands Inc, were asked to remove a first responders’ flag from the Veterans Memorial on the mile-long mall. They were told it ran afoul of the dedicated purpose of Veteran’s Square. Council members told organization Continue reading

News Update for 5/23/23

An arrest incident yesterday turned into a fatal shooting. It happened in Spring Lake as Highlands County Sheriff’s Deputies went to the Concord Street home of 63-year-old Bradley Frank Begens. According to reports, the fugitive offender had multiple active arrest warrants against him and would not answer the door. Deputies breached the house and reportedly Continue reading

News Update for 5/22/23

It will be a lot of housekeeping work for Avon Park city council members when they meet in regular session this evening. They’ll look at final approval for ordinances on docks, boat houses accessory structures and fences. They’ll also hear a handful of requests for code enforcement lein reductions. In other action, new Avon Park Continue reading