News Update for 1/8/19

Highlands County Commissioners this morning approved unanimously a change the hours of alcohol sales on Sundays. It now will begin at 7:00 am.
In the past, those in the unincorporated areas of the county had to wait until 1:00 to purchase booze. Officials of the Tourist Development Council had pushed for the measure, saying it would help to promote tourism.

It was back to school for youngsters across Highlands County today after a long Christmas break. Many teachers already were in the classroom yesterday getting ready, as the focus now turns to state-mandated end-of-year testing.
Motorists are urged to use extreme caution as many youngsters walk or bike to school. Law enforcement officials say they are monitoring school zones.

Today is the first day on the job for David Flowers as the new city manager in Avon Park. The former city councilman and Highlands County commissioner was picked last month from among more than a half dozen local candidates for the post.
The council’s next meeting will be January 14 and left Flowers a couple of hot button items to deal with. That includes what to do about at generator for city hall which appears to have been improperly ordered.

Investigators say an 86-year-old Panhandle woman fatally beat her 89-year-old husband with a walking cane. Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Officials say Ramona Maxine Lund is charged with murder in the death of Francis Lund. She’s being held in the jail’s infirmary on $250,000 bond as authorities work together to evaluate whether she suffers from dementia.