News Update for 10/3/19

The agenda for Avon Park’s special city council meeting tonight just keeps growing. Originally, it had been set to waive the background check and hiring process for Mark Schader. The former Highlands County undersheriff has accepted an invitation to act as city manager in the City of Charm. Now, council members will look at approval

News Update for 10/2/19

Avon Park Mayor Garrett Anderson has called for a special city council meeting tomorrow night. The council is expected to suspend the hiring process and background check for Mark Schrader. They note the former Highlands County Undersheriff underwent that scrutiny when he applied for the city manager’s job last year. Schrader yesterday accepted a nomination

News Update for 10/1/19

NEWS 10/1/19 BF FLOWERS AXED By a 3-2 margin, the Avon Park city council last night voted to immediately terminate city manager David Flowers, instead of letting him work on and make a transition to a new manager. They did, however, vote to pay him through the end of November as severance, noting that he

News Update for 9/30/19

Avon Park city council members will meet tonight to decide what to do next after the departure of current city manager David Flowers. Flowers offered to step down last week – a move which was accepted by a 3-2 vote. Councilman Jim Barnard and Mayor Garrett Anderson attempted to retain him. The council will look

News Headlines 9-27-19

The annual frights are back at the Highlands County Humane Society. Beginning tonight, Terror Trail begins its annual run, and the wooded area behind the Humane Society shelter on Heywood Taylor Boulevard will be full of ghosts, goblins and other frights every Friday and Saturday through October. Performances begin at dark each night. Florida Fish

News Headlines 9-26-19

Your Sheriff’s Department could use a hand. Highlands County Sheriff’s detectives are seeking help identifying the three other suspects involved in a home invasion robbery in Avon Park on Sept. 6. The alleged ringleader, Latrevieus Dionne Wiley, is in the County lockup on charges related to the robbery on Willie Hawk Avenue. He had three

News Headlines 9-25-19

David Flowers is out as Avon Park City Manager effective October 20. Flowers offered his resignation at the Council’s Monday meeting, and it was accepted on a 3-2 vote with Mayor Garrett Anderson and Vice Mayor Jim Bernard voting “no.” Flowers just started the Job in January of this year, and friction with a couple

News Headlines 9-24-19

Tonight’s School Board Meeting will probably be the last one you’ll see on streaming video for a while – and you may not get to see much of that. The top-of-the-meeting “Consent Agenda” includes a measure to cease broadcasting the meetings. Assuming it passes, they may kill the feed immediately. The board’s not trying to

Local News Headlines 9-23-19

A brush fire off N. Highlands Blvd. in Avon Park yesterday was blamed on improper disposal of hot coals from a grill. Firefighters from Highlands Lakes VFD and Florida Forest Service responded to that one The small brush fire also ignited the contents of a small 10×10 shed. No injuries reported and an estimated $500

News Update for 9/20/19

Customers of the Avon Park municipal water system remain under a boil water notice, at least through the end of today. The action follows a Wednesday water main failure that left customers without pressure for hours. Avon Park City Manager David Flowers says water samples from throughout the system have been submitted, and lab results