News Update for 10/9/20

The Highlands County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Division made another drug sweep this morning. Reportedly it came around 7:AM when deputies served a search warrant on a Mundall Avenue address east of Sebring.
Reportedly, neighbors had been complaining about the residence for a while, calling it “a problem house.” Five arrests have been made. No names or other details have yet been released.

Highlands County has a new Road & Bridge Director. Highlands County commissioners have approved Jonathan Harrison to succeed Kyle Green, who resigned that position earlier this month.
It will be a hire from within. Harrison has been with the Road & Bridge Department for better than a decade, having first been hired back in 2008. He previously served as a Road Construction Inspector and Road Maintenance Supervisor.

First responders were busy in Highlands County yesterday, Units first were called to an accident on Highway 27 near the Wild Turkey Tavern in Avon Park. One person was transported from that two vehicle crash.
Later, there was a four-car pile-up in the northbound lanes of Highway 27 near the intersection of New Life Way. No reports of serious injuries on that one.
There also was a collision between a sport utility vehicle and a semi-truck on Highway 70 and Hall Road south of Lake Placid. The force of the impact sent the SUV into the ditch where it overturned. No serious injuries reported there either.

The Frostproof Business Park site on State Road 17 has been selected as one of three properties to participate in Duke Energy’s Site Readiness Program.
The 225-acre Frostproof site is near the Nucor micro-mill steel rebar facility which currently is under construction. Two other industrial sites, Lowes and Ferguson already are operational in that area.
The Duke program is designed to develop a strategy for providing water, sewer, natural gas and electricity needed for development.