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News Update for 1/30/24

Officials at the Avon Park Air Force Range yesterday had advised people through social media that they would be hosting exercises that would be loud. They weren’t kidding. There were calls and posts throughout the evening asking about the loud "booms" – some loud enough to rattle windows. Never fear, it was just some practice, Continue reading

News 1/29/24

It may not come as news, but local rents are going up. A new survey by Construction Coverage shows that since last year, rents have jumped more than 11-percent locally. The report indicates that the average rent in the Avon Park – Sebring metro area was $1,134. That’s now jumped to $1,261. Still, that’s not Continue reading

News Update for 1/26/24

A new survey shows when it comes to housing Highlands County is younger than a lot of places. The survey by Construction Coverage shows that the median age of homes in the Sebring-Avon Park metro area is 35 years, with half of its housing stock built before 1987. The national average is 41 years. Nevertheless, Continue reading

News Update for 1/24/24

Residents in the Avon Park area are abuzz over not one, not two, but as many as five large planes they say have the appearance of airliners being flown into the Avon Park Bombing Range. Pictures and video of the aircraft have been posted on social media. There have been reports that the Biden administration Continue reading

News 1/23/24

One person was killed and another was injured yesterday evening when a car and motorcycle collided at the intesection of Memorial Drive and the Sebring Parkway. Florida Highway Patrol reports indicate a car driven by a Sebring woman made a left turn in front of the oncoming motorcycle. The 23-year-old Sebring man was pronounced dead Continue reading

News Update for 1/22/24

Hot on the heels of this year’s holiday season, Avon Park city council members will be talking about how to decorate the City of Charm for Christmas this year when they meet tonight in reguar session. A number of groups in the area have volunteered to help out, but want the city to purchase the Continue reading

News Update for 1/19/24

A housefire had safety services busy this morning. The blaze broke out at a home on Cocoa Palm Drive shortly before 5:AM. Units from Desoto City and West Sebring were among those responding to the call. One person was taken to the hospital with smoke inhalation. Authorities say some animals at the home were rescued Continue reading

News update for 1/18/24

Highlands County commissioners met this morning in a session that was pushed back two days, due to the observance of the Martin Luther King jr. holiday. They systematically dissolved a number of special benefit districts, created to underwrite volunteer fire units throughout the county. However, with the consolidation of units into a single county-wide unit, Continue reading

News Update for 1/16/24

Sebring city council members will get together this evening for their second session of the new year. Among other things, they will be making plans for the March downtown celebration of this year’s Mobil One 12 Hours of Sebring. They also will get a presentation and update on the Washington Heights neighborhood from resident Ada Continue reading

News Update for 1/15/23

Today is the birthday of civil rights’ icon Dr. Martin Luther King jr. Government offices, banks, many businesses and schools are closed today in observance. Motorists are cautioned to look out for youngsters who may be out and about during normal school times. There will be a number of parades in Highlands County today. Lake Continue reading