News Update for 7/16/18

The election season is heating up and Highlands County residents will have an opportunity tonight to hear candidates for the District 17 Congressional seat being vacated by Tom Rooney. Bill Akins and and Julio Gonzales will be at American Legion Post 69 in Avon Park tonight to speak with the public on issues ranging from

News Update for 7/13/18

Sebring Police continue to search for a local man wanted in connection with a shooting incident. They now have identified the suspect as Marvin Owens Sr. Authorities believe it was Owens who shot Thurlow Wilkins Wednesday night in an incident near the intersection of Lemon Street and Martin Luther King Blvd. The 39-year-old Wilkins was

Update for 7/12/18]

Sebring police are looking for a suspect in connection with an overnight shooting incident in the Washington Heights neighborhood. According to reports, one man was hit by gunfire following an altercation with the suspect near the intersection of Lemon Street and Martin Luther King Blvd. about 8:30 last night. The victim said the two have

News Update for 7/11/18

It cost tens of thousands of dollars and was a year in the making. But in the end, Highlands County Commissioners last night went against the advice of their attorney and largely scrapped a Government Services Group plan for a fire assessment. Instead, commissioners made up their own payment schedule that roughly parallels percentages found

News Update for 7/10/18

It will be another night session for Highlands County Commissioners this evening, as they pick up a public hearing on a proposed fire assessment for the county. The monies would be used to begin a professional fire service here. At a session two weeks ago, commissioners heard a long line of people telling them such

Newqs Update for 7/9/18

Avon Park may no longer have a recreation board following their meeting tonight. Council members will consider repealing codes calling for such a board and instead turn over the administration of recreation in the City of Charm to staff. Council members also will look at a proposed relocation of a war dog memorial to the

News Update for 7/5/18

It appears to have been a safe & sane Independence Day celebration locally. Professional pyrotechnic displays went off without a hitch last night in Avon Park, Sebring and Lake Placid. Officials from Highlands County say they have received no reports of any fireworks-related injuries or fires – despite many calls of residents celebrating into the

News Update for 7/4/18

Highlands County officials say so far it appears to have been a safe & sane Independence Day celebration. There have been no reports of any fireworks-related injuries or fires here. It appears last night’s professional display at Sun ‘N Lake went off without a hitch. There was an accident shortly after midnight this morning in

News Update for 7/3/18

It appears the dry season is now over and the threat of wildfires has abated, but with the wet season comes mosquitoes. Although there have been no reports of Eastern Equine Encephalitis – or any other mosquito-borne illnesses yet, nobody likes to be bitten. Officials are reminding people to dump any standing water to eliminate

News for 7/2/18

Highlands County Commissioners will take another look at a proposed fire assessment for the county at their meeting tomorrow morning. The assessment will come in addition to the regular tax bill and would be used to start a professional, countywide fire service. Commissioners have asked to see how much money might be raised for the