News Update for 5/26/20

New numbers by the Florida Department of Health now show Highlands County has registered no additional cases of Coronavirus. However, 32 new negative tests have been recorded. Highlands total still stands at 114. Of the 3,861 tests administered over the past couple of months here, 3,741 have come back negative.
There have been 36 people listed as hospitalized at some point during their illness. Eight fatalities have been tied to the Coronavirus in Highlands County.
The Florida Department of Emergency Management was to have had a “Test Express” Bus at the Highlands County Fairgrounds today and tomorrow – but that has been called off.

The Coronavirus situation has upended life in the United States – including the automobile world. Officials at the Alan Jay Automotive Network say the source they use for cars in their Wheels for A’s program for high school seniors has all but dried up – making the supply of vehicles virtually non-existent.
This year, instead of a car, graduates will be receiving cash. Alan Jay will be giving $1,000 scholarships to five graduates at each of the High Schools. Locally that will be Avon Park, Lake Placid and Sebring. Those seniors currently are slated to walk in late July.
Hardee County seniors got their presentations at ceremonies this past weekend.

Polk county officials say an 8-year-old boy was killed in a weekend ATV accident. Jace McLaughlin of Pembroke Pines reportedly was running the Honda TRX All Terrain Vehicle, at the River Ranch Hunt Club when the machine flipped and landed on top of him.
According to reports, family members were trail-riding when the youth lost control. He was ejected and the vehicle struck him as it spun. Authorities say the boy was not wearing a helmet or protective gear.

Heading out to the Highlands County landfill with an unsecured load? You might want to think again. There have been several complaints received about unsecured loads being hauled to the landfill and trash is blowing off the vehicles.
County officials say that is a violation which carries a significant fine. Law enforcement now will be patrolling the area.