News Update for 4/16

A good portion of Avon Park residents may see their water bills climb a bit. Council members in the City of Charm have authorized the purchase of 1,000 new water meters. When asked why they needed them, Utilities Director Rick Rees said, there are 1,000 dead meters in the city and they need to be replaced.
Residents usually see an uptick in their water bills when new units go in – old meters never err in foavor of the city.

Highlands County commissioners and other dignitaries will be out at the Sebring International Raceway this afternoon. There won’t be any road racing, but officials of the Highlands County Fire Rescue Service will have their new fire trucks, EMS Units and administrative vehicles on display.
Although no laps are planned, the idea has not been ruled out. The main photo op will be held at the famous circuit’s start/finish line.
The purchases come as the result of the county’s fire assessment on residences and businesses.

Highlands County is celebrating their centennial and one of the first observances will be tomorrow at the Edna Pearce Lockett Estate. Officials at the Heritage Association of Highlands County say the home at the Lockett Estate has been renovated and refurbished and will be open for tours. There also will be educational displays, quilt turnings, speakers and a cow camp among other things.
Featured entertainment at the Edna-Fest will be local boy and Nashville recording artist Tommy Brandt. Highlands County commissioners will hold their centernnial observance next Friday.