News Update for 7/24/20

The latest Coronavirus numbers released by the Florida Department of Health show that there have been 56 new positive cases and 234 new negative results in Highlands County.
Of the 13,619 tests administered locally over the past five months – 12,642 have been negative with 968 positives. There have been 120 people hospitalized at some point during their illness and 22 deaths have been tied to the corona virus since numbers started being kept.

Highlands County Sheriff’s officials say they have filed charges of aggravated child abuse against 29-year-old Philletta Moransit in connection with the death of 5-year-old Chance Peterkin. The youngster’s body was found shortly after midnight this morning in the waters of Lake Lelia.
According to accounts, Moransit and the boy had been reported missing around 6:00 last night after having not been seen since yesterday morning.
Moransit was located shortly before 8:PM. on the campus of South Florida State College, but reportedly has been uncooperative with the investigation.

Better than a thousand parents, relatives and well-wishers turned out last night at the Alan Jay Arena as the Sebring High School Class of 2020 turned from seniors into alumni. Graduation ceremonies for schools in Highlands District schools were pushed back two months due to fears created by the Coronavirus.
Nearly 500 viewers were tuned in on the internet to watch the proceedings on the district’s YouTube channel
Avon Park seniors will have their graduation this evening at the fairgrounds with Lake Placid to hold their ceremonies tomorrow night. Students from the Highlands County Virtual School will get their certificates at Sebring Senior High tomorrow morning.

First came word that the 12 Hours of Sebring has retained its Number One spot as North America’s best motorsports event – now Sebring has set another record.
NBC Sports has announced that last weekend’s Cadillac Grand Prix of Sebring was the most-watched IMSA race with better than 350,000 viewers. It was the most since acquiring media rights to WeatherTech Championship.
Viewership was up better than 90 percent compared to the IMSA average for races on the network,