News Update for 6/22/18

Highlands County Sheriff’s officials say the county’s Emergency Medical Services has transported 33 children and three adults from the 4H Camp Cloverleaf to area hospitals due to illness.
There reportedly are 115 kids at the camp currently from all over florida including Charlotte, Desoto, Sarasota, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties. So far, none of the remaining campers appear to have fallen ill.
Representatives of the Highlands County Health Department has been called to the scene to try to determine the cause of the illness.

Highlands County Sheriff’s officials say they still are looking for a man wanted in connection with a shooting incident yesterday in Avon Park. Reportedly, the victim was wounded in the leg at the Maryland Fried Chicken in what authorities believe may have been a personal dispute.
No one else was injured. The victim, whose name has not been released, was taken to the hospital in a private vehicle.

Avon Park city council members will gather tonight in a rare Friday session. At issue will be the city’s recycling, as well as bulk and yard trash collection.
City staff is slated to present the council with five options, ranging from scrapping the recycle program until it becomes more feasible, seeking potential partnerships or returning to periodic pickups.
Tonight’s session will commence at 6:00.

Qualifying for this year’s local elections will close today at noon. Authorieis say it has been a quiet week, with no surprises to report. many of the candidates had much of their paperwork done in advance and qualified the first day.
Of the three seats up for grabs on the Highlands County School Board, only one is contested. Isaac Durrence is challenging incumbent Charlene Edwards. Incumbents Bill Brantley and Charlene Compton-Twist have drawn no opposition.
At the Highlands County Commission, incumbent Jack Richie will go against Arelene Tuck, while incumbent Don Elwell is running unopposed.

In need of some livestock? The Highlands County Sheriff’s Animal Services division is holding an auction this morning at their facility on Heywood Taylor Blvd.
Going under the gavel will be all kinds of fowl including chickens, ducks and a goose – as well as a number of rabbits. Authorities say for those interested in something more traditional – they also have cats and dogs for adoption.