News Update for 3/25/20

Local health officials are indicating there may be a spike in Corona virus cases as testing increases and results are returning. Nevertheless, here in Highlands County, that number remains at four confirmed cases of the disease. Still, there is no indication as to where they are located in county or the severity of the infections.
Authorities remind citizens to continue to wash their hands thoroughly and often, keep your hands off your face, cough into the crook of your arm, stay away from sick people and if you feel sick stay home.

The Highlands County School Board met in a virtual meeting last night. Although the electronics apparently were not cooperative, the board was able to get a few tasks completed.
District staff members and teachers have been released to do their jobs from home. Non-instructional support employees apparently are on an on-call basis.
District offices remain open, however, officials ask people to call before they come, to see how much business might first be accomplished over the phone.

Highlands Lakes Volunteer firefighters were called out yesterday to quell a brushfire off Hartman Road. They were able to keep it to about a half acres. No injuries were reported, no structures were damaged and the cause is under investigation.
Many people saw a large column of smoke yesterday – that was from a 100-acre controlled burn in Hardee County.