News Update 1/10/19

At the request of Highlands County Commissioner Arlene Tuck, County attorney Joy Carmichael has been researching as to whether or not commissioners could set term limits.
The answer is, it may take a while before that is determined. Carmichael said whether that can be done after the recent passage of Amendment 10 to the Florida Constitution still must be interpreted.
Carmichael said the State Attorney’s Office said it could be a year in review, then would go to the new State Attorney General before an opinion might be rendered.
Most commissioners have been cool to the idea, saying that elections serve to determin when their terms are up.

Chalk another one up for the Highlands County K-9 squad. Sheriff’s deputies and the Sebring Police Department teamed up to catch Patrick Lamb yesterday.
Lamb was wanted on warrants for grand theft auto and was spotted near the courthouse. Units from both agencies flooded the area and a K-9 track was started with K-9 Benji and K-9 Kevlar.
He eventually was overtaken by Deputy Tevin Toney and Deputy Thomas Wishart on Fernvale Avenue inside a perimeter set up by the agencies.

A Highlands County landmark reportedly is getting a facelift. According to reports, members of the Great Commission Bible Institute have been re-fitting Camp Denton.
Repairs, painting and other improvements are slated for the bathrooms, buildings and the campground in general. Ultimately, the cabins are slated to become homes for students.
The GCBI has been holding instructional sessions for potential missionaries in a second-floor facility in downtown Sebring.

A major blaze to report overnight in Polk County. Units were called to the scene of a chemical fire at a business off State Road 60 in Mullberry.
At last report, State Road 60 between State Road 37 and Nichols Road had been shut down.