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News Update for 5/19/21

Highlands County commissioners yesterday voted to give Waste Connections their day in court. Highlands County Administrator Randy Vossburg has charged that the firm is a “habitual violator” and in a condition of “irredeemable default. That’s something the company denies. Commissioners say they want to hear both sides before taking any action. Residents of Venus also […]Continue reading

News Update for 5/18/21

NEWS 5/18/21 BF BoCC II Highlands County commissioners this morning voted to give Waste Connections their day in court. Highlands County Administrator Randy Vossburg has charged that the firm is a “habitual violator” and in a condition of “irredeemable default.” That’s something the company denies. Commissioners say they want to hear both sides before taking […]Continue reading

News Update 5/17/21

Sebring police are investigating after a youngster fell out of a second floor window. The incident reportedly occurred at a business on South Commerce Avenue Friday afternoon. The 4-year-old boy was airlifted to a trauma center. No other details have been released on the incident. You may see some sign holders and flag wavers as […]Continue reading

News Update for 5/14/21

A new survey by Hire-A-Helper shows that the Sebring-Avon Park area has the 12th lowest number of college graduates in a national poll of small metropolitan areas. An estimated 16.7-percent of folks here have a bachelor’s degree – compared to the national average of 33.1-percent. They’re also paid less. The median average here for diploma […]Continue reading

News Update for 5/13/21

Highlands County Sheriff’s detectives are looking into a reported shooting incident. The-drive by happend last night in the vicinity of Sebring Parkway. The victim, who was found near College Drive in Avon Park, reportedly sufferd non-life threatening injuries. The incident remains under investigation. Avon Park city councilwoman Brenda Gray is calling for improvements to Lake […]Continue reading

News Update for 5/12/21

Highlands County Sheriff’s deputies still are in search of Johntavious Tivarron Perry. Now, a reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the 24-year-old murder suspect. Perry is wanted in connection with the shooting death of Dresean Charley Williams. The 16-year-old Avon Park youth was gunned down at the American […]Continue reading

News Update for 5/11/21

Avon Park city council members last night took official action to lift the state of emergency enacted for the City of Charm. The ordinance was put in place last year due to the onset of the coronavirus. Last night’s action came in response to an executive order by Florida Governor Ron Desantis lifting such restrictions […]Continue reading

News Update for 5/10/21

Two people were killed, three other people were injured and Highway 70 was closed in Highlands County for hours early Saturday morning, as the result of a horrific four-vehicle traffic accident south of Lake Placid. Florida Highway Patrol officials say a pick-up and an SUV collided on ’70 just east of Parkland Drive. Both occupants […]Continue reading

News Update for 5/5/21

Highlands County commissioners yesterday took the first steps to raise the fire assessment here. Following a lengthy report, commissioners discussed whether or not to extend a cap on the percentage of increase that could be charged to some residences. Highlands Safety Services Chief Marc Bashoor indicated increasing such caps and ranges would bring in nearly […]Continue reading

News Update for 5/4/21

Today is OJ Day, and Highlands County commissioners approved a resolution to that effect when they met in regular session this morning. When it comes to citrus production – despite recent problems with greening – Highlands remains a big dog. Highlands county is second in the state when it comes to citrus production, putting out […]Continue reading