News 7/7/21

Tropical Storm Elsa is on her way out. The bulk of the big storm passed by in the Gulf overnight. So far, officials say there have been no reports of any wind damage or flooding although there has been a LOT of rain.
Highlands County Road & Bridge staff will continue to hand out sandbags today for those who need them. It’s a do-it-yourself process, with empty bags being provided at Road & Bridge locations in Avon Park, Sebring and Lake Placid. It’s ten bags per person. Residents will need a shovel and a partner to help with filling sandbags at sand pile locations.

The way you keep your dog may change under provisions being pushed by the Humane Society of Highlands County. At their meeting yesterday, Commissioner Kathy Rapp said the local organization has legislation prepared about the way dogs will – and will not – be allowed to be tethered.
Commissioners instructed County Administrator Randy Vossburg to work with Highlands County Animal Control officials on preparing the new statutes.

Highlands County commissioners began a process of explaining the upcoming budget to residents last night. They held the first of three planned “Town Hall” meetings at the Highlands County Government Center.
The second one will be this evening at the Avon Park Community Center with the third to be tomorrow evening at the Lake Placid Government Center – all begin at 6pm.
The county’s first budget workshop will be next Tuesday at 9am.

A Manatee County teen reportedly has been killed in a Hardee County traffic accident. Florida Highway Patrol reports say the young man was driving his pickup on Highway 64. He lost control of the truck just east of Kelly Roberts Road.
The vehicle hit a culvert and overturned – ejecting the driver. He was taken to a hospital where he later expired. Troopers say the 18-year-old driver was not buckled up.