News Update for 5/25/21

It appears that the Avon Park Historical Society is having problems with vagrants. Nancy Fisk came before the council last night in the City of Charm, to ask for additional trash cans. She noted that people are sleeping on the benches there and leaving piles of trash behind.
In fact, some of the homeless apparently have set up a makeshift shower along the tracks out behind the Depot Museum. Avon Park city manager Mark Schrader said he would send law enforcement to take care of the problem.

Good news for those trying to organize a Florida Medal of Honor Memorial in Sebring. New State Representative Kaylee Tuck may have secured funding in Tallahassee for the project.
If signed by the governor, the measure would help to provide for a perpetual memorial that honors and ensures that the state’s Medal of Honor recipients are never forgotten.
In addition to the memorial, there will be an education center for youngsters to learn about those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Highlands County School Board members will review mask mandates when they get together tonight in regular session. Currently there are mask mandates on the district’s buses and for secondary level students during class changes.
Prior to this evening’s regular meeting, the board will hold a workshop. there they will look at personnel allocation. Currently there will be 70 additional employees hired this year. School officials say they still are in desperate need of teachers and bus drivers.

There were no injuries but Highway 27 was closed for a time during the early morning hours when a dump truck reportedly took down a power pole. The incident reportedly occurred about 1:AM in the construction area near George Boulevard.
It remains unclear how many people may have lost service or for how long.

Highlands county fire officials continue to try and determine what started the fire at the landfill this past weekend. It was the second such blaze this month and kept firefighters busy trying to put it out. Yesterday, crews peeled back layers of trash to get to smoldering hot spots so dumping could resume.
It was back to business yesterday about noon. Solid waste officials say no delays in service are anticipated.