News Headlines 9-27-19

The annual frights are back at the Highlands County Humane Society. Beginning tonight, Terror Trail begins its annual run, and the wooded area behind the Humane Society shelter on Heywood Taylor Boulevard will be full of ghosts, goblins and other frights every Friday and Saturday through October. Performances begin at dark each night.

Florida Fish and Wildlife officials say a fun day on the water turned tragic Tuesday in Lake Placid. Officers were called at the scene of a boating accident behind a residence in Lake June, where 73 year old Jerry McFetridge was found in the water after apparently being ejected from his 17 foot boat. McFetridge was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Sun N Lake Improvement District has a problem with speeders – and a budget to pass, and that District’s Board of Supervisors are scheduled to address both issues this morning at their regular meeting. In addition to final consideration of the District’s $11.3 Million 2019-2020 budget, the Board’s expected to hear from a representative of the engineering firm hired to consult the District on slowing traffic down through the residential streets. Roads in some neighborhoods with posted limits of 30 miles an hour are peppered with 20 MPH speed tables and 10MPH speed bumps, but the firsm’s report says that just slows drivers down right AT the bumps and tables. The report adds suggestions like more overhanging trees and angling the roadways at the traffic circles away from center to make drivers feel out of balance.

The search for a new Avon Park City Manager will begin almost immediately after David Flowers surprised many by offering, and the council accepting his resignation this past Monday. Flowers’ last day on the job will be October 18 – timed around events surrounding Avon Park’s involvement in the Nucor plant facility just across the county line – and all members of the city’s council who have been talking are saying they’re committed to moving expeditiously. Disagreements with Flowers’ hiring decisions and miscommunications over pay adjustments were among the issues that led to the sparks between Flowers and the Council flaring into the parting of the ways Monday.

The Sheriff’s Department’s Animal Control Division has another critter auction planned for next Friday – since these particular critters aren’t exactly house pets, we’re giving you advance word. One bull and three cows, two of ‘em with calves get auctioned off at 11am next Friday – the 4th – at Animal Services on Heywood Taylor Boulevard south of Sebring. Highest and best bidder takes ‘em, or they get donated for – uh, barbecue.

One of Lake Placid’s scenic downtown streets will be a bit more visible – and scenic – if things work out between the town council and the Community Development Agency in town. Three more of the town’s signature antique-style street lights will be installed along Dal Hall Boulevard west of the law offices on the street where lighting currently stops and tings get rather dark at night. Price tag for each? Around $2,000, and with labor the $10,000 CRA grant would cover the three lamps.