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News Update for 10/24/22

Avon Park city council members will continue their efforts to make the City of Charm more business friendly when they meet this evening in regular session. They will hold a second reading and public hearing on a measure that will make it easier to have home-based businesses there. The council also will look at inking Continue reading

Local News 10-21-22

If you’re on Verizon, you may have had problems getting through to 911 emergency services yesterday evening … it was a problem all over the state. The Sheriff’s dispatch folks want you to remember to call 402-7200, then option 1 if you EVER have that problem. Text to 911 doesn’t seem to be affected, by Continue reading

Local News 10-20-22

It’s going to be cool out for the next couple nights, and that means a few space heaters may get pulled out of mothballs for the first time in months. County Firefighters remind you if you need to use one, keep that heater on a solid, flat surface … away from foot traffic and keep Continue reading

Local News 10-19-22

Parents of Avon Park High School kids got a bit of a scare yesterday afternoon when the school was placed on “controlled campus” status and students were held until a late, 3:45pm departure from school. The School Board and Sheriff’s Department both emphasized that the measure was NOT due to a threat at the school, Continue reading

Local News 10-18-22

The State Patrol has released some details from that Sunday night fatality on Sparta Road just past 8pm. According to investigators, a pickup truck driven by a 43-year old man from Wauchula was driving down Sparta Road at the sharp turns near Orday Road when one of his two passengers – a 38 year old Continue reading

News Update for 10/14/22

Highlands County Sheriff’s deputies have made an arrest in connection with a burglary incident during the response to Hurricane Ian. Somebody broke in to Edgewood Landscaping – damaging vehicles and stealing equipment that could have been used in helping huricane recovery. Highlands County Sheriff’s officials now say they have arrested Dominic Alex Oliver in connection Continue reading

News Update for 10/13/22

Avon Park city council members continue crafting their boards, authorities and commissions as they look at making the City of Charm more business and resident friendly. Former Avon Park city council woman Brenda Gray was up for an appointment to the city’s housing authority Monday evening. However, council members decided to hold off, saying they Continue reading

News Update for 10/12/22

Avon Park residents will be getting a bit of a reprieve as they recover from Hurricane Ian. Code Enforcement officers in the City of Charm will be backing off a bit while debris is piled along the roadway waiting for pickup. The officers have been busy knocking on doors reminding folks that their debris must Continue reading

News Update for 10/10/22

Things continue to return to normal today as students head back to South Florida State College. The school did sustain some window and roof damage from Hurricane Ian, but class will resume. While there still is NO FEMA office open in Highlands County, a FEMA office has opened in Hardee County. That one is in Continue reading