News Update for 10/3/19

The agenda for Avon Park’s special city council meeting tonight just keeps growing. Originally, it had been set to waive the background check and hiring process for Mark Schader. The former Highlands County undersheriff has accepted an invitation to act as city manager in the City of Charm.
Now, council members will look at approval of an aviation fuel purchase for the airport and set Truth in Millage numbers for property taxes in the upcoming fiscal year.
The council also will set the date for this year’s pre-Halloween Trick-or-Treat activities.

It was a hot one for Highlands Lakes firefighters yesterday when they were called to the scene of a trailer fire. It was loaded with hay, and the hauler was fully involved in flames when units arrived at the scene.
firefighters from the Avon Park Bombing Range and Highlands County Road & Bridge Department crews were called in to assist as well. Reportedly, the huge bale had to be broken apart and spread out to fully extinguish it.
There were no injuries in the incident – cause said to have been accidental.

A new industry reportedly has started operations here. Highlands County Development Director Ben Dunn has announced that Plastirex has started work at their facility.
The company purchased the former SunPure extruder operation last year and established their worldwide headquarters there. The company reportedly is set to reclaim and recycle plastic products.
Dunn said the operation will swing into full gear, once water and sewer service is extended to their property. It is located at the far northern end of Highlands County, near the NuCor Steel plant, which is under construction just over the county line.

Flags are at half-staff in the city of Sebring in honor of Elgin Bayless, the former city council member and community leader passed away last week – he was 87.
Bayless was a veteran of the US Army and a longtime insurance and real estate agent.