News Update for 1/18/19

A Venus man was seriously injured yesterday when the car he was driving was hit by a semi tractor-trailer rig south of Lake Placid. Florida Highway Patrol reports say 76-year old James Paul Berrett pulled from Leisure Lane onto Highway 27 and into the path of the oncoming semi. The truck hit him broadside. Berrett

News Update for 1/17/19

Highlands County firefighters spent the early morning hours out in the cold, battling a blaze. Units from Highlands Lakes, West Sebring, Desoto City the City of Avon Park and even Polk County were called to the single story home on Esplanade Road. The fire in the Avon Park Lakes neighborhood broke out about 2:00 this

News Update 1/16/18

New Avon Park City Manager David Flowers has been on the job just a little over a week now. Among his many tasks, he has been working to fill positions left vacant under his predecessors. Flowers now has announced that he has reached an agreement to hire a new Financial Officer. Ricky Helms will take

News Update for 1/15/19

Lack of planning and documentation paid off last night for members of the group Avon Park Community Awareness who are planning the Martin Luther King birthday celebration in Avon Park. City council members voted to give the group $2,000 to stage the event – which will be held this coming Monday at the Martin Luther

News Update for 1/14/19

Sebring city officials, veterans and interested citizens turned out this morning at the Alan Jay Ford dealership to watch the largest American Flag in Highlands county be raised for the first time. Nelly Ford sang both The National Anthem and God Bless America. VFW Post 4300 members raised Old Glory as bugler Richard Woods played

News Update 1/11/19

Nearly a half dozen units were called out early this morning to battle a blaze in Lake Placid involving three homes. The fire on Robinson Street destroyed one house and damaged two others. Volunteers from Lake Placid, Leisure Lakes, Sun ‘N Lakes South and the Placid Lakes departments battled both the cold and the flames.

News Update 1/10/19

At the request of Highlands County Commissioner Arlene Tuck, County attorney Joy Carmichael has been researching as to whether or not commissioners could set term limits. The answer is, it may take a while before that is determined. Carmichael said whether that can be done after the recent passage of Amendment 10 to the Florida

News Update for 1/9/19

Highlands County School Board members last night agreed to spend nearly $90,000 for an electronic student tracking system. The program will begin with students riding busses, to determine who is on the bus and whether or not they actually had been assigned to that route. Board member Donna Howerton balked at the price tag, but

News Update for 1/8/19

Highlands County Commissioners this morning approved unanimously a change the hours of alcohol sales on Sundays. It now will begin at 7:00 am. In the past, those in the unincorporated areas of the county had to wait until 1:00 to purchase booze. Officials of the Tourist Development Council had pushed for the measure, saying it

News Update for 1/7/19

Highlands County Commissioners are expected to take care of at least one hot-button issue at their first meeting of the year tomorrow morning. They are slated to consider a proposed ordinance that would amend the time of sales of alcoholic beverages on Sunday morning. Currently, those in the unincorporated areas of the county have to