News Update 7/26/21

Local singer and activist Anna Marie Feeny reportedly was killed over the weekend in a traffic crash. According to reports, Feeny was southbound on Highway 27 and lost control of her vehicle near Sebring Lakes Boulevard. The car crossed the median and slammed into a semi tractor-trailer rig. The big rig then left the roadway and overturned.
She was pronounced dead at the scene. Feeny apparently had been enroute to a singing engagement when the accident occurred. Feeny might be best known for her work with veterans services, especially the Vet Jam fundraiser in Avon Park.
Arrangements have not been announced.

Sebring native and pioneer Heywood Taylor passed away over the weekend. Taylor was a graduate of Sebring High School and a relentless supporter of his college alma matter – Florida State University.
While many people know his name for the road that is named in his honor, many don’t know of his work as a local banker, a member of the Sebring Airport Authority Board and the Sebring Historical Society.
Taylor had just celebrated his 93rd birthday.

It looks to be a long session for the Avon Park city council tonight. They will be looking at setting the truth in millage rate and subsequent budget sessions for the upcoming fiscal year. The city is looking at several significant budget increases, including a substantial hike in their agreement with the Highlands County Sheriff’s office for law enforcement in the City of Charm.
The city fire assessment will be up for discussion tonight as well.
There also are a number of utility concerns on the agenda for tonight and a presentation to locate motorized scooters for rent around the city as they are in Sebring.

Highlands County commissioners are planning to hold a meeting – they’re just looking for a time and place. In light of the collapse of that condominium complex in Surfside earlier this month, Commissioners want to hold a session for residents on what to do if they are required to evacuate their homes at a moment’s notice.
Commissioners are trying to determine the best place and time to reach as many residents as possible. They have posted the question on their Facebook page.

Sebring reportedly is a whistle stop as Americans for Prosperity President Tim Phillips on his tour of Florida. In addition to this evening’s appearance at the Inn on the Lakes, Phillps will be speaking in Miami and Fort Lauderdale.
His topic will be the proposed $3.5 Trillion infrastructure bill now being debated in Washington. The local AFP chapter is one of the most active in the country. This evening’s event will run from 6-8pm.