News Update for 2/20/20

Officials from Duke Energy will be in Highlands County this afternoon. They’ll have a ceremonial ribbon cutting on Walker Road in Lake Placid. They’re celebrating the opening of one of their newest solar power plants.
The 45-megawatt facility is part of a billion dollar investment by the company to construct or acquire a total of at least 700-megawatts of solar power in the Sunshine State.
The ceremonies at the Walker Road site will commence this afternoon at 2:00.

The Cracker Trail Riders are heading out of Highlands County. They made their annual half-way crossing of Highway 27 yesterday, then rode out to Hickory Hammock where they spent the night.
The processional of riders and wagoneers now are moving out on Highway 98 toward Okechobee. Their next stop will be at the Kissemmee River where they’ll stop for lunch.
The annual Cracker Trail Ride will end up this weekend in Fort Pierce.

A couple of cars came together west of Avon Park last night. That mishap occurred at the intersection of State Road 64 and Irvington shortly after 8:00.
Reportedly, one person was transported as a resul;t of that crash.

A portion of Highway 98 was closed for a time yesterday when a semi-tractor trailer rig went over. Some 76,000 pounds of fertilizer were dumped in the area of Tubbs Ranch Road.
There were no injuries and shipping company officials arranged for clean-up.

A Warner University athlete reportedly has died while on break, According to reports, 18-year-old Cykera Wright was taking time off from studying her course of social work and was fatally shot at a Boynton Beach residence.
It’s the second time this year, a Warner University student died in a shooting while away from school on break. No other details on the incident have been released.
Boynton Beach Police say that so far, no arrest has been made in the shooting.
Warner University is located near Frostproof in southern Polk County.

George Zimmerman reportedly has filed a lawsuit in Polk County against Democrat presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg. He alleges they defamed him while paying tribute to Trayvon Martin on what would’ve been Martin’s 25th birthday.
The lawsuit claims the candidates “defamed Zimmerman for political gain in misguided and malicious attempts to bolster their standings amongst African-American voters, all at Zimmerman’s expense.”
Zimmerman is seeking $265 million, according to the lawsuit