News Update for 1/7/20

Thousands of Highlands County School students went back to classes this morning after a long Christmas break. Motorists are cautioned to watch for youngsters this afternoon walking or riding their bikes home from school.
Drivers also are reminded to slow down in School Zones.

A Highlands County Sheriff’s deputy reportedly was involved in a crash in Avon Park this morning. Apparently, it occurred at the intersection of Memorial Drive and Castle Street. Authorities say the deputy is unhurt and the two occupants of the other only have minor injuries.

Highlands County commissioners this morning voted to again look at a resolution, supporting the constitutions both of the United States and the state of Florida. It will be considered February 4th at a night session, to improve attendance.
The action comes in response to the rejection of a resolution that would have supported Highlands as a Second Amendment Sanctuary County.
In other action, commissioners set their priorities for the upcoming fiscal year. They include a plan for roads, fire station construction, the sale of Highlands Regional Medical Center and the elimination of bureaucracy, among other things.

Florida Highway Patrol officials have not yet released the name of that motorcyclist killed early yesterday morning near Lake Placid. Troopers say the 2005 Harley Davidson apparently hit a hog on County Road 621 near the spillway.
Apparently, after the rider was thrown from the ‘cycle he then run over by another vehicle. The motorist did not stop – but continued southbound on 621. The highway was closed for several hours while troopers investigated the incident. The morotcyclist’s name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.