News Update 9/18/20

The latest Coronavirus test numbers released by the Florida Department of Health show there have been 13 additional positive, and 67 negative tests added to Highlands County’s ongoing count.
Of the 20,142 tests administered locally – 18,095 have been negative with 2037 positive cases recorded.
There have been 215 people hospitalized at some point during their illness and 81 deaths have been tied to the corona virus here since numbers started being kept.

The city of Avon Park is looking for a bit of help. First, they are looking for citizens who would like to serve on the city’s planning & zoning board. They currently only have five of seven members, and some others may be looking to retire.
The only requirement is that you be a resident of the City of Charm. They also are looking for an airport greeter, to mind the fixed base operation out at the Avon Park airport. They are hoping for a retired pilot or two who would consider manning the phones and answering questions for those who land at the facility.
More information can be had by calling the Avon Park city hall.

A familiar company has a new name. Beginning today, CenturyLink will be known as Lumen Technologies. Company officials say the re-branding will mark a new focus on 4.0 technologies.
No major changes are expected to the organization itself, which will remain headquartered in Louisana.

There were no serious injuries, but a lot of damage yesterday when a car and a pickup collided on Highway 27 south of Sebring. The incident occurred late yesterday afternoon at the intersection of Highway 27 and Lake Josephine Drive.
The force of the impact caused the truck to overturn. Reportedly it rolled several times before coming to rest on its roof. No names or other details have been released.

The area Pinehurst and Sunset drives in Sebring Shores was closed off for a time last night when Comcast van had a tree fall on it. So far, there’s no indication how that accident happened.

The walls have come tumbling down in the City of Charm as the old Avon Park Fire Station has gone under the wrecking ball. The building which was damaged beyond repair by Hurricane Irma, was razed to make way for construction of a new Church Service Center facility.
Also slated to come down in Avon Park is the Wylde Building downtown. In Sebring, permits have been pulled to demolish the old Nancessowee Hotel. No dates for those demos have yet been announced.