News Update for 11/1/21

Karen Healy officially is the Highlands County Supervisor of Elections. Governor Ron Desantis made the appointment this past weekend to fill the seat left vacant with the death of Penny Ogg. She passed away in September following a brief hospital stay.
Healy had served as Highlands’ Chief Deputy Supervisor under Penny Ogg. She has worked for the county for nearly two decades.
Her first official action will be to assist the city of Avon Park with their election tomorrow.

Early voting wrapped up Saturday in Avon Park for their municipal election – just under 10-percent of the electorate in the City of Charm have cast their ballots so far. Most of them have been mail-ins.
Of the 521 total ballots cast so far, 347 have been mail-ins or drop-offs. Only 174 people turned out over the six days to vote in person.
Four newcomers are in the running for three seats on the Avon Park city council. Election Day will be tomorrow.

There were no serious injuries yesterday when a truck hit a building north of Sebring. Reportedly, the pickup lost control on Arbuckle Creek road, clipped a couple of utility poles, then careened into the side of the Bongo’s restaurant at Carter’s Corners of County Road 17.
Early reports indicate it may have been a mechanical problem the contributed to the mishap.

Highlands County Sheriff’s deputies pulled two victims from the water at Sun ‘N Lake South this past weekend. Turns out they were dogs.
Detectives Emily Beck and Chris Cloud reportedly were working patrol in Lake Placid when they got the call.
When the deputies arrived, they found the dogs clinging to the edge of a dock by their nails. Apparently they could not pull themselves back out.
Detectives Beck and Cloud obtained a rope from a nearby homeowner and were able to pull the pups to dry land – wet but safe.