Today is Memorial Day and residents in Highlands County have a couple of opportunities to honor the fallen.
At 2:00 this afternoon, the Military Sea Services Museum will officially mark their 20th anniversary with a Memorial Day observance. That will he held at their location at Kenilworth Blvd and Roseland Avenue in Sebring.
Following those ceremonies, tours of the facility will be offered.
At 9:00 this morning an observance was held at Lakeview Memorial Gardens. Those ceremonies included a wreath presentation, recognition of Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action and remarks from Retired US Marine Pastor John Beck.
The first Tropical Storm of the season came early and largely bypassed central Florida. Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for The Sunshine State, but for the most part “Alberto” missed the peninsula, coming in over the panhandle.
The Highlands County Emergency Office of Communications reported no flooding or water-related incidents over the weekend. Dry air reportedly wrapped around the storm, diminishing its impact.
An Avon Park woman has been arrested in connection with an incident at the Polk County Jail. According to reports, 35-year-old Suzanne Gracia was charged with giving a cell phone to an inmate.
Gracia, was a Corizon Health licensed practical nurse that had been working in the South County jail. She has been charge with counts of introduction of contraband and interfering with county prisoners.
Workers at Publix say there were no incidents here over the weekend in connection with a planned Boycott. Activists from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School had organized a “die in,” after Publix made a corporate donation to the campaign of Gubernatorial candidate Adam Putnam, calling him a sell-out to the National Rifle Association.
Some young people sprawled on the floors of a number of Florida supermarkets, impeding shoppers – apparently, none of that happened here.