News Update for 3/4/20

As the Coronavirus continues to make headlines, the advice from experts remains the same. Highlands County Health Department officials, Highlands County School officials and even authorities from Warner University echo the same sentiments.
Wash your hands often, cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough and if you feel sick – stay home and don’t infect others.
So far, only three people in Florida have been diagnosed with the disease and it appears that there is a very good recovery rate should you come down with that virus.

It does not appear that there will be any impact fees in Highlands County anytime soon. Although Highlands County commissioners took no official action, when the item was introduced by Highlands County Administrator Randy Vossburg at yesterday’s county commission meeting there appeared to be no support for the idea.
Vossburg said that should commissioners want to re-implement the fees, which would require new construction to pay for the impact it brings, a study would have to be made.
Commissioners directed Vossburg to prepare an extension to the moratorium. It currently is set to expire in June.

Firefighters from Polk County Babson Park, South Lake Wales and Frostproof responded to a fire in a mobile home, but could not save it. The blaze occurred in the single-wide trailer on Mountain Drive in Babson Park.
Although the fire was snuffed out quickly, the structure was said to be a total loss. No injuries were reported in the incident.

A 29-year-old Lake Wales man has a number of new friends and long-lost relatives. Officials of the Florida Lottery commission report that Derrious Bradwell has won the top $5 Million dollar prize in the Gold Rush Classic Scratch-off game.
That’s $3,550,000 after taxes. Bradwell said he plans to take the money in a lump sum payout.
The place that sold the ticket – Bullard Citgo, which also is in the Crown Jewel of the Ridge, will receive a $10,000 reward for selling the winning ticket.