News Update 9/21/21

Highlands County commissioners today were asked to remember Penny Ogg. The late former Supervisor of Elections died suddenly earlier this month following a brief hospital stay.
One resident suggested that election day be re-named Penny Ogg Day. County Commissioner Arlene Tuck suggested that the Highlands County Government Center might be re-named the Penny Ogg center in her honor.
Commissioners said they would take those suggestions and others under advisement.
In other action, commissioners approved Ellison “Laney” Streams as new Highlands County Public Safety Director. He will replace Marc Bashoor, who will leave county employment at the end of this month.

Avon Park now has a city clerk. Christian Hardman took over the post yesterdy. Hardman most recently had served as the Board Secretary and Clerk for the Sun ‘N Lake Special Improvement District.

Fire struck a home on the east side of Sebring this morning. Units responded to the Rainbow Avenue address shortly after 6AM. Authorities say there were no injuries and the cause of the blaze remains under investigation.
Damage estimates could run as high as $30,000 with the fire limited to the kitchen and living room area. Apparently, this was not the first time fire units had been called to the Highlands Homes address.

Organizers of the Sebring Super Food and Fun Festival say they are postponing the event. No new dates have yet been announced, Slated to have been held at The Highlands County Fairgrounds this coming Saturday, there were to have been bounce houses, pony & monster truck rides, rock climbing, live music and of course, plenty of fair food.
No reason was given for the postponement.