News Update for 2/10/20

NEWS 2/10/20 BF

It’s day four at the Highlands County Fair – aka Highlands Radio Group Day. That means half-price admission. A couple of events are scheduled in the Livestock Pavilion this evening, including the Pee Wee Show at 5:30 and Commercial Heifer show at 6:30.
Highlands County got some new royalty over the weekend. Kinsloe Barben was crowned as Miss Highlands County for 2020. It was her first pageant competition. Maria Swaford was selected as Jr. Miss Highlands County. Reagan Richards was tapped to wear the tiara as the first-ever Miss Teen Miss Highlands County for this year.
Young Carly Vega was selected both as Miss Congeniality and Little Miss Highlands County for 2020.

NEWS 2/10/20 BF

A Sebring man was killed last night when he was hit by a car north of Lake Placid. Florida Highway Patrol reports indicate 22-year-old Riley Carrington Thompson was riding his bicycle on Hallmark Avenue when he was hit from behind by a car.
The driver of the Hundai Elantra, 32-year-old Jocelyn Megan Parris of Lake Placid, was not injured in the incident. Troopers say charges are pending further investigation.

NEWS 2/10/20 BF

It’s that time of year again – the dry season. Highlands County volunteers were called out last night to extinguish a brush fire on East Oak Island Road north of Avon Park. According to reports, a burn pile got out of control due to winds in the area.
Firefighters were able to keep the flames contained inside of a small corral – however, apparently some of the fence was damaged in the fire.

NEWS 2/10/20 BF

Avon Park city council members tonight will take the next step in hiring former Highlands County Undersheriff Mark Schrader as their newest city manager. Schrader last week agreed to take the job.
Tonight, council members will consider Schrader’s contract. They also will continue their discussion on whether or not to hire their own building official.
In other action, the council will look at what to do with land that once housed an abandoned skateboard park and hear from Highlands County tourism consultant Casey Wohl about a Cash In/Trash Out program.