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News Update for 5/7/24

There will be a Peace Officers’ Memorial Day ceremony today. Members of the law enforcement community, local leaders and citizens will gather to honor those who have been killed in the line of duty. The observance will commence at 11 a.m. in front of the Highlands County Sheriff’s office at 400 S. Eucalyptus St. in Continue reading

News Update for 5/6/24

This is Hurricane Awareness Week. The start of the Hurricane Season doesn’t actually begin for another month or so – but experts say it’s time now to plan and prepare. That includes having things ready for both home and business. An active hurricane season has been forecast so residents are urged to go through their Continue reading

News Update for 5/3/24

The gates opened to the public this morning for this weekend’s Fanatec GT World Challenge America powered by AWS, at the Sebring International Raceway. Today will be practice sessions for GT America, TC America, Pirelli GT4, TGRNA GR Cup, and the Fanatec GT cars. Action begins in earnest tomorrow with qualifying and races planned, as Continue reading

News Update for 5/1/24

Cars began loading in today at the Sebring International Raceway for the third round of the Fanatec GT World Challenge America powered by AWS. In all there will be competitors in five different series, with better than 100 vehicles to be set-up in the paddock. Action will begin tomorrow with a promoters test & tune Continue reading

News Update for 4/30/24

There have been some spring sightings of Love Bugs over the past few days, but they have been few and far between. In fact,the past few season infestations have been extremely light. What had been swarms of the insects that fly united, has dwindled to random appearances here and there by the pests. Experts are Continue reading

News Update for 4/29/24

Units from Highlands Lakes were assisted by Avon Park municipal firefighters yesterday in making a water rescue. They were called to Lake Adelaide in the north end of the county, where a boat had overturned. Rescue workers found the craft upside down in the water with two men hanging on. They pulled the victims from Continue reading

News Update for4/25/24

And now there are three. Sensing the winds of change, Pep Hutchison reportedly has filed his paperwork to run for superintendent of the Highlands County schools. Current superintendent Brenda Longshore, who is up for re-election, has come under fire for several things, including a "stagnant" graduation rate. Earlier this month, principal Donald Ridgeway also announced Continue reading

News Update for 4/24/25

It appears that building and refurbishing in the Sebring – Avon Park metro area is doing well. A new report by Construction Coverage shows that this area has a higher concentration of construction workers than the national average. While the national average shows construction workers make up 5.4% of the workforce, here in Highlands County, Continue reading

News Update for 4/23/24

After a brief discussion, Avon Park city council members last night decided to fund their own assistance if they need help filling out the newly-mandated Form 6. Research by Mayor Garrett Anderson has found that the help may not be as expensive as once thought. The new form is much more intrusive on the possessions Continue reading

News Update for 4/22/24

Should Avon Park city council members get help from taxpayers on filling out the newly required Form 6? That question will be up for discussion this evening when the city council meets for their regular session. The new form is much more intrusive and complex than former public disclosure forms. Some council members have expresed Continue reading