News Update for 5/18/21

NEWS 5/18/21 BF

Highlands County commissioners this morning voted to give Waste Connections their day in court. Highlands County Administrator Randy Vossburg has charged that the firm is a “habitual violator” and in a condition of “irredeemable default.” That’s something the company denies.
Commissioners say they want to hear both sides before taking any action.
Residents of Venus also came forward yesterday, telling commissioners they want their clubhouse back, Reportedly, the facility has been taken over by the fire rescue service – that’s something it was not designed for.
Commissioners say they want a report as to how to get that building back to its intended purposes.

NEWS 5/18/21 BF

The Hurst Road fire continues to keep crews busy. The flames charred an additional 40 acres yesterday. The blaze is now at 120 acres but is considered to be about three-quarters contained.
There is no current threat to homes or infrastructure from the fire. Officials say residents in Sebring will continue to notice smoke in the area over the next few days due to forecast easterly winds.
Florida Forest Service Firefighters continue to work the fire to fully suppress it.

NEWS 5/18/18 BF

There were some tense moments early this morning when fire units were called to a Spring Lake residence on a housefire call. Turned out to be a couple of trash cans on the side of the home. EMS units reportedly were able to put it out and keep if from spreading any further.

NEWS 5/18/21 BF

There was quite a bit of debris and but no injuries last night when a pick-up and a semi truck came together in Avon Park. That one happened shortly after 11:PM at Highway 27 and Shop 16 Road in front of the Wal-Mart there.