News Update for 5/6/19

The Highlands County School Board will discuss the possibility of hiring a full time Director of Safety and Security when they get together in regular session this evening. At a previous meeting, board member Donna Howerton called for the board to hold off on any action until funding from state tax dollars was finalized in the budget.
Now that the budget has been approved, the issue will come up again. In other action, the board will hear a presentation from the Sebring Reserve Officer Training Corps.

The final dispensations for the Sebring Strong fund have been made. The collection was started in January to help support the families of the five victims who were shot and killed in an incident at the Suntrust Bank location in Sebring.
Final total for the Survivors fund was set at $675,000. The final allocations are set to go out in the next few weeks. Reportedly the Suntrust bank building where the shootings occurred is slated for demolition.

Highlands firefighters got called out this past weekend to extinguish the flames in another brush fire. The blaze off Cordova Road in Highlands Lakes Estates reportedly involved multiple tractor trailer tires. Several structures were threatened but were not damaged.
No injuries were reported in the incident.

Officials from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office reportedly are investigating a fatal traffic accident. Details are sketchy except to say the incident occurred this morning near the intersection of Washington and New Street near the Crown Jewel of the Ridge.
Reportedly, the mishap may have involved a pedestrian.

A small community in Southwest Polk County has made Country Living’s list of America’s Tiny Towns. How small is Brewster? The former mining community now boasts three residents. However, it’s not the smallest. Several states have communities of two and even a single resident.