News Update for 5/10/19

Another brush fire in Highlands County – this time in the south end. Units from Sun ‘N Lakes, Placid Lakes and Venus turned out to assist Florida Forestry crews in snuffing what was termed “a stubborn fire.” Authorities say the property was difficult to access, as it was sparked on a secluded area off of State Road 70, west of Highway 27.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation. No injuries were reported.

A proposed mural for the city of Sebring got a chilly reception at the city council meeting. Although there was little public input at the session, council members had a lot to say.
Objections were raised including the location on the side of the Jack Stroup civic center, to the muted colors, to the fact that the mural did not include the legened “City on the Circle.”
Tourism Development Council Executive Director Casey Hartt told the council that it was supposed to draw tourism, Council President Tom Dettman noted that the location would be difficult to find.
Despite their objections, council approved the project.

One person was killed yesterday in a multi-vehicle accident outside Lake Wales. Polk County Sheriff’s officials say the crash involved two semi-tractor trailer rigs and two cars.
Deputies say a Volkswagen driven by 29-year-old Joshua Aguste of Lakeland was travelling on State Road 60 at a high rate of speed when it began to hydroplane. The skidding VW first glanced off a car then ran into the path of an oncoming semi.
Aguste was killed and the roadway was closed for several hours while officials investigated the mishap and cleared the scene.

Florida Highway Patrol officials think they have found a truck involved in an April fatal accident in Hardee County. Troopers have impounded a Dodge Ram pickup from an address in Polk County.
Troopers say the cyclist was pulling out of a restaurant parking lot near Bowling Green and was hit by the truck, which then reportedly fled the scene.
The driver of the truck remains undetermined at this time.

Members of the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office Explorers Post 2247 will be dishing it up today. The youngsters will be trying to earn a bit of money by serving a Ravioli lunch.
For eight bucks, patrons get ravioli, salad, garlic bread and dessert. They will be serving the lunches at the Sebring High School from 11-1.