Local News 2-23-22

Highlands County Sherriff’s detectives have are investigating the case of a young woman whose body was found yesterday morning behind the Avon Park Advance Auto Parts store … they established the 5’ 3” woman’s identity last night, but haven’t released the name pending notification of the family. If you know anything that could help, they’d appreciate a call. Detective Melissa Kurtz is at 402-7250, or leave anonymous tips with Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS.

A Placid Lakes auto mishap sent a 65 year old Lake Placid woman to the hospital in critical condition yesterday morning. State Troopers say a little after 7am she appeared to have not yielded the right of way when her pickup hit a second pickup at the corner of Star Fruit and Washington Boulevard. The woman caromed off the oncoming pickup and into a delivery van. The other driver suffered minor injuries. Meanwhile, the state Patrol also let us know that the 25-year old man injured in that wreck at the corner of Hal McRae and 27 in Avon Park on February 7th who was flown up to Lakeland Regional has died of his injuries.

The cowboys are coming to town today –the annual Cracker Trail Ride is expected to pass through Highlands County today, crossing Highway 27 at the intersection with 66 and 98 midday today – the riders plan a stop at Cracker Trail Elementary this morning for the kids to get a look at the cracking whips and the riders. The drive is scheduled to end in Fort Pierce on Saturday.

Sebring lost a Business Pioneer last week. Funeral services were this past Sunday for Eric Annett, the founder of Annett Bus Lines and the father of private interstate bus travel in Florida, who passed away at 78. Annett founded the tour and charter bus company bearing his name back in the 70’s when the industry was regulated and no private carriers existed.