News Update for 4/4/19

Highlands County Commissioner Arlene Tuck continued to call for accountability from the Economic Development Department about the work they are doing to increase business in the county. At this week’s meeting, Tuck asked when the next economic development update was slated before the commission. At a meeting yesterday, local ED officials said they were reviewing

News for 4/3/19

Five people were injured, one of them seriously yesterday, when two vehicles came together on Highway 27 and Lakeview Drive just north of Lake Placid. Early reports indicate a sport utility vehicle was coming onto 27 when it collided with a pickup truck. Again, rescue workers had to cut open one of the vehicles to

News Update for 4/2/19

Last week Highlands County sheriff’s deputies busted up a drug trafficking operation with international ties. Now, officials say, they also will be hit with murder charges. The body of 22-year-old Jonathan Diaz was found last week in a shallow grave behind a home on Longview Drive near Sebring. Deputies say he apparently was killed in

News for 4/1/19

The search for a missing Highlands County woman has ended tragically, with the discovery of her body in Indian River County. 24-year-old Khadijah Anderson had last been seen a week ago and had been on her way to Lakeland. She never arrived. Sheriff’s officials have released no details, other than to say her car was

News Update for 3/39/19

It appears a solid waste problem in Highlands County may be solved. For a time, the Avon Park wastewater treatment facility had not been able to accept loads from independent contractors, who said they had noplace else to go. Reportedly, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection has given The City of Charm the green light

News Update for 3/28/19

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has released their annual county health rankings. In Florida, Highlands came in a bit below average. When it comes to Health Outcomes, Highlands trended down – 38th out of the 67 counties. That’s measured by how long people live and how they feel when they are alive. In Health Factors,

News for 3/27/18

A new farm is coming to Highlands County – but they won’t be growing anything. Officials of Duke Energy have announced they plan to put a solar farm in north of Lake Placid. The sprawling 380-acre facility is set to go in off St. John’s Street across from Lake June-in-Winter with some 180,000 tracking solar

News Update for 3/26/19

There was some spirited back-and-forth last night at the Avon Park city council session about plans for utility services to the planned NuCOR steel manufacturing facility that involve the City of Charm. It began with Councilwoman Maria Sutherland expressing her displeasure with plans by Duke Energy to erect 100-foot power poles through the city. Apparently

News Update for 3/25/19

Firefighters from all over the southern portion of Highlands County were called out early this morning to an address south of Lake Placid to extinguish a blaze. Apparently, the mobile home on Melrose Lane had been added onto several times and was fully involved when units arrived on the scene. Tankers had to shuttle water,

News Update for 3/22/19

Officials at the International Motorsports Association now are confirming what many had suspected. This year’s Mobil One 12 Hours of Sebring – backed by the World Endurance Championship 1000 mile race, set an all time attendance record. Although no specific numbers have been released, an IMSA report indicates both ticket sales and camping were up