NEWS 7/23/19 BF BoCC MILLAGE After talking with Highlands County Clerk of Courts Bob Germaine, Supervisor of Elections Penny Ogg and Highlands County Sheriff Paul Blackman about budget cuts, Highlands County commissioners this morning certified the county’s tentative millage at 9.0. That would be about a half mil higher than the current assessment of 8.55.
A couple of traffic incidents on State Road 70 kept law enforcement officials busy overnight. Shortly before 9:00, four vehicles reportedly collided on Highway 70 East out toward Okeechobee. Authorities indicate five people were transported. One apparently was airlifted out, the rest were taken to a hospital with what were said to be minor injuries.
Highlands County’s first responders have been busy overnight. In addition to a spate of medical calls, there were at least two traffic incidents. One person was taken to the hospital last night when a couple of vehicles came together at the intersection of Main Street and North Lake Avenue in Avon Park. The force of
A motorcyclist lost her life during the pre-dawn hours in Avon Park. It reportedly happened about 1:30 when 41-year-old Mayra Teresa Torres Muniz reportedly ran the stop sign at the intersection at Bell Street and Hart Avenue. Florida Highway Patrol reports indicate Muniz’ Suzuki pulled into the path of an oncoming Chrysler 300, being driven
Highlands County commissioners held a rare night meeting yesterday in order to hold a workshop on the budget. They worked on trimming back their expenditures by just over $330,000. However, they say, their’s is just 20 percent of the budget. The other 80-percent falls under other constitutional offices such as the Highlands County Sheriff, clerk
Highlands County commissioners will convene this evening for a rare “night” session. It’s set for 5:30 in the government center. Reportedly, they will discuss issues surrounding the upcoming budget – and ways to trim it to fit within the current 8.55 millage rate. Otherwise – commissioners could vote to raise taxes. In other action, commissioners
A Saturday morning incident at the Lakeshore Mall had Highlands County Sheriff’s working with US Marshalls in trying to apprehend a fugitive. In the end, 34-year-old Brian Roosevelt Wilson of Windemere committed suicide, rather than be taken into custody. Sheriff’s officials had received word from the US Marshal’s service that Wilson might be in the
Reimbursement money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency is a step closer to actually being in Highlands County. FEMA has approved $4.3 million for the State of Florida to help Highlands County defray the costs of debris removal for Hurricane Irma under FEMA’s Public Assistance Program. The FEMA funds will reimburse the county for the
An accident last night near the Sebring Regional Airport sent at least one person to the hospital. Reports are that the victim was airlifted out after a vehicle hit a tree just off Heywood Taylor Blvd about 6pm. So far, no names or other details have been released. Nearly 100 people showed up last night
The second of two public budget presentations will be made this evening so citizens can get a look at spending plans by the Highlands County commission. This one will be at South Florida State College and will be part of the semi-annual town hall meetings staged by Commissioner Don Elwell. A number of county department