Highlands County voters turned out in record numbers this year. Provisional statistics released by Highlands County Supervisor of Elections Penny Ogg show 52,303 ballots were cast either in person or by mail for this year’s election. That’s 78.87 percent.
Voters sent Kevin Roberts and Scott Kirouac to the Highlands County commission by large margins over their opponents. Statewide, Kaylee Tuck cruised to victory in the District 55 seat for the Florida House of Representatives and Greg Steube easily won his re-election bid for the District 17 congressional seat.
Applications open today for applications to Phase II of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. Reportedly, Highlands County will have in excess of $13 million dollars to hand out to those people, businesses and community service organizations that have been impacted by the coronavirus.
Those who were approved for Phase I of the program, will NOT be eligible for Phase II money. Individuals who wish to apply need to do so through the United Way, others should go through the Greater Sebring Chamber of Commerce.
It’s that time of year again. The Highlands Radio Group will be holiding our annual Thanksgiving in the Highlands drive for the New Testament Church & Mission starting tomorrow.
The first remote will be tomorrow at the Sebring Pharmacy. Personalities from 99.1FM WWOJ and Lite 105.7FM will be there collecting donations of cash, canned goods and non-perishable foodstuffs from 10am until 6pm.
Next Thursday the drive moves up to Avon Park.
Highlands County first responders were busy with traffic accidents yesterday. A car and a semi truck came together at US 27 and Vista Drive.
There also was a single car crash on State Road 70 near Rucks Dairy Road. Victims were hurt in both incidents – however, the extent of injuries has not been released.
Both roadways were blocked for a time as crews worked to clear the scene.