News Update for 11/12/18

Highlands County’s portion of a statewide voter recount began this morning and Highlands County Supervisor of Elections Penny Ogg says so far things have been going smoothly.
Only a handful of residents showed up to watch the canvassing board go back over some 40,000 cast ballots in the race for Senate, Governaor and Secretary of Agriculture.
Saying it was all about accuracy and not about speed, Ogg estimated that the machine recount could be completed by tomorrow evening.

The regular Monday night Avon Park city council meeting has been pushed back due to the observance of the Veteran’s Day holiday. An organizational session and a special meeting has been scheduled for Thursday.
In addition to the oaths of office for newly-elected council members, the board will discuss the city manager’s contract as well a the pro’s and con’s of an in-house counsel versus a contract attorney for the city.

For those who missed Veterans Day observances on the Circle in Sebring or at the Military Sea Services Museum yesterday, South Florida State College will hold a remembrance ceremony today.
That will commence at 10:45 this morning at the flagpoles on the campus in Avon Park.
US Army Col.Mike Borders will deliver the keynote address with a “Remembrance Walk” to follow.

An adult and a child reportedly were injured in a drive-by shooting in Avon Park Saturday evening.
The Highlands County Sheriff’s office initially received a call about shots near an E. Metcalfe Street residence. A few minutes later, a call came from the emergency room at Florida Hospital Heartland that two gunshot victims — an adult and a 2-year-old — had arrived there.
The adult was treated there, while the child was transported to Tampa General Hospital. Their injuries are said not to be life threatening.
No names have been released.
Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s office. Anonymous tips can also be left with Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS