News Update for 4/24/19

Another shooting in Highlands County reportedly has claimed a life. This one happened shortly before 11:00 last night near the intersection of Highlands Avenue and Martin Luther King Blvd. in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Sebring.
Detectives still are working the case, but at last report, no suspect in the incident had been apprehended.

Avon Park City Manager David Flowers is setting a meeting with himself, City Attorney Gerald Buhr and Highlands County Sheriff Paul Blackman in an effort to step up law enforcement in the City of Charm.
For years, the Highlands County Sheriff’s office has provided law enforcement to Avon Park, but there have been a number of municipal ordinances they have been unable to enforce. Flowers, a former deputy himself, says he wants to work with the Sheriff’s office to craft the ordinances needed to allow enforcement across the board.

The Highlands County School Board got its first official look at the system’s Strategic Plan last night, Superintendent Brenda Longshore made the presentation, outlining goals such as academic success, quality staff, fiscal responsibility and communication & engagement.
The meeting opened with a special treat as the Official Lake Placid Orchestra opened with a selection of numbers. The group is comprised of both middle and high school students.

Highlands County residents, business owners and community leaders will have a chance to get an update on how tourist tax money is being spent today. Officials from the Highlands County Tourist Development Council plan to hold a meeting at the pavilion on Little Lake Jackson nect to the new Tru by Hilton motel on Highway 27.
Organizers say they are quite keen to get public input and feedback on how to attract more visitors here. That session will commence at 10:AM.