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Local News 5-6-22

Another wildfire popped up yesterday in the County – this time, a 10-acre burn near Vaughn Road and Highlands Hammock State Park. Florida Forest Service personnel say they’ve got the Equestrian fire at the Hammock down to 45 acres and 80% contained, they’re on duty knocking both fires down and say there’s no danger to Continue reading

Local News 5-5-22

Today has been designated the National Day of Prayer. If you’d like to join others of any faith in observance of the day, there’s a program scheduled for 11am this morning on the Courthouse lawn, at 430 South Commerce Street in Downtown Sebring. There’s guest speakers, music and a prayer service scheduled. Highlands County Sheriff’s Continue reading

News Update for 5/4/22

Highway 70 was closed for a timeout by the Brighton Reservation this morning due to a traffic crash. The incident occurred about quarter to three this morning. Reportedly, two semi-trucks and a car are involved. Florida Highway Patrol officials have not released any details in the mishap. Highlands County Sheriff’s detectives are looking for the Continue reading

News Update for 5/3/22

Following a dust-up between Highlands County commissioners Kevin Roberts and Scott Kirouac, commissioners this morning approved an agreement with Jones, Edmunds & Associates for consulting services at the county’s landfill. Kirouac questioned Roberts about questions he had been asking about fires, groundwater contamination and other issues – saying the conversation was going beyond the agenda Continue reading

News Update for 5/2/22

Apparently, not much work comes out of Highlands County. A new report by HireAHelper shows that the Sebring-Avon Park metro area shows the third lowest Gross Domestic Product per worker in the United States. The Annual GDP here falls under $70,000 – that breaks out to just over $25,000 per capita. That compares to a Continue reading

News Update for 4/29/22

Spring has sprung and reports now are coming from throughout the area as to the beginning of Love Bug Season. There’s no telling on how bad this year’s infestation might be, however, some are hopeful it might be light due to the recent dry conditions here. The good thing is that they don’t bite, the Continue reading

News Update for 4/28/22

Earlier this month, Highlands County Superintendent of Schools Brenda Longshore called off a workshop about sex education in the schools after she announced she had decided to cancel a contract with the "I Make A Difference Program," which had been handling the curriculum for the past six years. Tonight, the matter will be revisited as Continue reading

News Update for 4/27/22

Avon Park city officials are looking for citizens willing to serve on some municipal boards and committees – hopefully, with an eye toward growing the City of Charm. In a discussion about appointing new members to the city’s Planning and Zoning Board, Mayor Garrett Anderson called for committees to be more business friendly and discussed Continue reading

News Update for 4/26/22

There may be a new attraction coming to Avon Park. City council members last night heard a presentation from longtime optometrist and baseball enthusiast Ronald Sevingy, proposing the establishment of the Thomas "Flash" Gordon Baseball Hall of Fame. The facility would not only include Gordon and his sons’ major league accomplishments, but also Hal MacRae Continue reading

News Update for 4/25/22

Highlands County sheriff’s officials are investigating a weekend shooting incident. Apparently, a 32-year-old Avon Park man was shot and killed at a vacant lot along South Carolina Avenue in Avon Park Saturday night. Authorities say the suspect allegedly stole a car at the scene and fled to a Sebring home. Arrested was 30-year-old Kenneth Jerome Continue reading