News Update for 3/8/21

Avon Park city council members will have quite a bit of business to take care of when they meet tonight for their first session of March. They first will add to their lexicon of names, by designating the City of Charm also as a Purple Heart City.
Additionally, the council will hear another proposal to manage the city’s airport. This will come from Scott Carkeet and Rob Bullock. A presentation from the Tourist Development Council is planned as well.
In other action, the council will look at approving contracts with both a consulting and a legal firm as they consider a proposed 30-year lease on the airport. The board also will hear about future building plans for the Church Service Center and decide what to do with the much-troubled Brickell Building.

Officials from Highlands County say they are looking for volunteers to assist at the Coronavirus Vaccine Point of Distribution at the Lakeshore Mall.
They say that service at the old JC Penny location is both flexible and easy. Volunteers are charged with such things as providing wheelchair service to the mobility-impaired, registering attendees and sanitizing duties.
There are morning and afternoon shifts available. The POD runs Wednesdays thru Saturdays. Those wanting additional information may call the county at 402-6858.

Units from Leisure Lakes, Desoto City and Lake Placid got some help from the Florida Forest Service in corraling a brush fire off Chelsy Street in Placid Lakes yesterday.
The One acre blaze charred some Palmetto and Pines – but not much else. Florida Forest Service crews bulldozed a fire line around the area. No word on what caused it – no injuries were reported.

Car crashes were the order of the weekend here in Highlands County. The worst occurred in Sebring where one person was killed and another was seriously injured when a motorcycle hit a truck.
According to reports, the truck was turning off Highway 27 onto Ryant Blvd, when the cycle hit it. One person was killed and another was airlifted out.
Another accident tied up traffic at the intersection of Highway 27 and State Road 66, with another at US 98 and County Road 621 in Lorida. No details are available on either of those.

A Polk County police officer reportedly fatally shot a man seconds after the man fatally shot a woman. Lakeland Police say three officers went to a condominium complex early yesterday morning following a 911 call.
When the officers arrived, they found the Howayne Gayle pointing a gun at the woman in the parking lot. The two had recently broken up and he had broken into her condo. When the woman started toward the officer, Gayle shot her. Officer Brent Behrens then fatally shot the man. The woman was taken to the hospital, where she later died.