News Update for 10/1/19

NEWS 10/1/19 BF

By a 3-2 margin, the Avon Park city council last night voted to immediately terminate city manager David Flowers, instead of letting him work on and make a transition to a new manager. They did, however, vote to pay him through the end of November as severance, noting that he was working without a contract.
They then voted to hire former Highlands County Undersheriff Mark Schrader as an interim city manager while a search is held for someone to take the post on a permanent basis.
Schrader had been one of the finalists who had applied for the position when Flowers was hired this past January.

NEWS 10/1/19 bf

Sebring firefighters were busy overnight. A fire reportedly broke out in the office of the popular Dimitri’s Restaurant on Kenilworth Blvd. shortly after midnight.
No injuries were reported and the cause remains under investigation. Authorities say the blaze was contained to the office area.

NEWS 10/1/19 BF

Polk County authorities still are looking for Doranda Jo Ussery. The 24-year-old Avon Park woman is wanted on numerous counts following an incident at the Lake Wales Wal-Mart.
According to reports, Ussery assaulted a pair of loss prevention officers who were attempting to stop her on suspicion of shoplifting. The woman allegedly first sprayed them with mace then swung a knife at them.
She now is wanted on counts of aggravated assault, grand theft and battery.

NEWS 10/1/19 BF

It appears Highlands County soon may be getting a new restauant. The space at the Fairmount Cinema Square shoppingh complex that once housed Yanni’s, soon will become the Fairmount Ale House.
New owners say it will have an elegant sports bar, a billiards hall and fantastic food. There also will be an event center with a stage for live music and outside dining. They say the new facility will be fun for all ages.
Authorities say it will be open “soon.”