News Update for 1/21/19

Celebrations are going on today in observance of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King jr. There were parades this morning in Sebring and Avon Park and Highway Park south of Lake Placid.
In the City of Charm, there are activities throughout the afternoon at the Martin Luther King jr. complex. There will be music, food, bounce houses and even a featured speaker.
In Sebring, their ceremonies will be held at the Bountiful Blessings Church. Traditionally, observance in Highway Park have been held at the Action Revival Family Worship Center.

Some blustery weather moved through Highlands County over the weekend. At least one residence suffered a bit of damage. The roof was blown off a mobile home on Illinois Avenue at the Fairmount Mobile Estates.
That trailer house reportedly suffered damage and was repaired after Hurricane Irma pummeled the area. No injuries were reported in this most recent instance. The home will remain habitable, thanks to a secondary rubberized roof that’s in place.

Highlands County opened a new Fire/Rescue station today. The unit at Sun ‘N Lakes of Lake Placid is a 24/7 unit 365 days a year. County officials are touting it as “the first truly visible product of the county’s fire assessment” levied on properties by the Highlands County commission.
Paid staff at the unit will be augmented by volunteers.

A weekend traffic accident in Hardee County claimed a life. Florida Highway Patrol officials say a sport utility vehicle being driven by 72-year-old Aurora Garcia-Alvarez was hit head on by another SUV as he drove on State Road 64, just east of the Oak Grove Cemetery.
Troopers say the driver of the other vehicle went left of center. Their name has not yet been released. Garcia-Alvarez was killed, the other driver was taken to Lakeland Regional in “critical” condition.