N ews Update for 11/1/18

There will be a lot of trash talk tonight as Highlands County Commissioners hold a workshop on countywide garbage collection and recycling. It has been a hot button for many, with residents complaining about the number of pickups, missed pickups, late pickups and other problems.
Representatives of Waste Connections, the company that runs the service, will be on hand to take input and answer questions. The issue of more garbage collection and fewer recycling pickups also may be discussed.
That session will commence at 5:30 tonight at the Highlands County Government Center in Sebring.

Officials of the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board have started their probe into what might have caused a gyrocopter to crash into a house trailer at the Sebring Falls Mobile Home Park.
The pilot, 45-year-old Christopher Lord, reportedly was an experienced aviator and the owner of “Gyroplane Guy, Inc.” – a business that at one time been located at the Sebring Regional Airport.
Both he and his passenger were killed in the crash.
Reportedly, the ‘copter was up for sale and was headed to an airshow in Deland.
Investigators say they have found some of the aircraft and plan to take a look at the engine to determine if any problems existed in it. The investigation could take a year to complete.

The Avon Park Bombing Range is hosting some special guests. The Air Force F-16 precision air drill team known as ” The THUNDERBIRDS” will be doing some practice from 10:00 – 1:30 at the Bombing Range before they head out to the “Wings over Homestead Air & Space Show” set for this coming weekend.
Known as “The Ambassadors in Blue,” the Thunderbird Squadron has six pilots flying the Martin F-16 “Fighting Falcon” aircraft in various team maneuvers.

It’s the first of November and the beginning of the Holiday season. That also means it’s time for the Highlands Radio Group’s “Thanksgiving in the Heartland.” Personalities from 99.1FM WWOJ and Lite 105.7FM will be at the Heartland Pharmacy on Highway 27 today from 10am until 6pm, collecting cash and canned goods.
The proceeds from the event will go to the New Testament Church & Mission for distribution to the less fortunate. The collection will continue next Thursday in Avon Park and then on November 15th in Lake Placid.