News Update for 11/5/20

The Highlands Radio Group kicked off the annual Thanksgiving in the Highlands drive for the New Testament Church & Mission this morning. It’s being held at the Heartland Pharmacy.
Personalities from 99.1FM WWOJ and Lite 105.7FM are there collecting donations of cash, canned goods and non-perishable foodstuffs until 6:00 this evening.
Next Thursday the drive moves up to Avon Park.

Highlands County Sheriff’s officials are looking for information on vehicle theft and burglaries in the Venus area. They are employing their new Ring Neighbors Public Safety Service. The Neighbors app allows users to share photos, videos and information.
Incidents may include such things as crime and public safety alerts, missing persons reports and traffic safety issues among other things.
Sheriff’s officials say they now can view what local residents have posted and can also chime-in with relevant updates or safety alerts to help residents stay informed.

A 23-year-old Sebring man was critically injured yesterday when he was hit by a tractor-trailer rig. Florida Highway Patrol reports indicate the victim – whose name was not released – was standing in the grassy median of Highway 27 just south of the Thunderbird Road intersection. He apparently tried to cross the highway and stepped into the path of the oncoming semi.
The incident remains under investigation.

Desoto City firefighters were called out to a boat fire yesterday afternoon in the4 Sebring Lakes neighborhood. This one was on dry land.
According to reports, the older 17′ unit pretty much was fully melted and in a burning pile by the time units arrived at the Riverway Drive address.
The owner told firefighters he had attempted to jump the boat motor – which he said “the motor didn’t like too much”. No dollar damage estimate is available, but officials say the craft was a total loss. No injuries were reported.