News Update for 5/12/21

Highlands County Sheriff’s deputies still are in search of Johntavious Tivarron Perry. Now, a reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the 24-year-old murder suspect.
Perry is wanted in connection with the shooting death of Dresean Charley Williams. The 16-year-old Avon Park youth was gunned down at the American Car Wash off Hal MacRae Blvd. on December 1st.
Perry, who is 6-foot-4 and 260 pounds, is believed to have fled the county shortly after the shooting.

Florida Highway Patrol officials now are confirming that a third person has died as a result of an traffic accident on Highway 70. According to reports an 18-year-old Lake Placid girl has expired from injuries she suffered in the early Saturday morning that involved four vehicles.
The car hit a pickup and a sport utility vehicle and overturned. Two young men also perished in the incident. Troopers say the accident remains under investigation.

It took a couple weeks, but Avon Park has re-opened its septage facility. That means local haulers will be able to dump their loads locally again. Avon Park Public Works Director Rick Whalen credited his crews and a couple of vendors who were able to fabricate parts for some down equipment to get things back online.
It’s no small operation, the City of Charm takes 20-25 trucks a day that dump from 900,000 to 1.3 million gallons a month.
Council members say they’re looking at increasing fees to help finance repairs and future upgrades.

You’ve heard of a Vaccine Passport – but how about a golf passport. Officials of the Highlands County Tourism Development Council have announced the launch of the Citrus Trail Golf Passport. The document won’t shave any strokes off of scores, but they say showing papers may save duffers a bit of cash on greens fees.
The deal is not available to local people, officials say it’s only good for players visiting from outside the county. Better than a half dozen local courses are participating in the program.