News Update for 2/26/24

There was a scare, but no problems today when Highlands County Fire Rescue crews were called to the Lakeshore Mall. Units from West Sebring and Desoto City responded to the Coast Dental location at the Mall in Sebring after personnel and customers reported the small of gas there.
The office was evacuated, the cause was investigated, and although a strong odor was detected, the meters were clear. People on scene were checked out, no transports were made.

The Avon Park city council could join in a lawsuit against a new state measure, mandating that local officials fill out the so-called "Form 6." The document demands that those running for office reveal detailed financial holdings, down to anything valued over $1,000.
Many feel Form 6 is too intrusive, and hundreds of local officals already have stepped down, rather than revealing details of their personal lives.
In other action this evening, the council will consider revocation of residential rental properties regulations, and will hear a proposal from officials of the Avon Park Chamber of Commerce.

One person was killed and another seriously injured in a 3-vehicle accident south of Sebring. Florida Highway Patrol reports indicate a 16-year-old Sebring girl pulled her Sport Utility Vehicle from Orange Boulevard, across US Highway 27 and into the path of a northbound SUV.
The driver of that vehicle – a 38-year-old Sebring man – was killed. The teen was severely injured. No names were released.
Troopers say the incident remains under investigation.