News Update for 7/3/18

It appears the dry season is now over and the threat of wildfires has abated, but with the wet season comes mosquitoes. Although there have been no reports of Eastern Equine Encephalitis – or any other mosquito-borne illnesses yet, nobody likes to be bitten.
Officials are reminding people to dump any standing water to eliminate breeding places. They also warn people to wear loose fitting, light colored, long-sleeved clothing when out during the evening hours and to spray your clothes – and not you – with repellants.

There’s lots on the agenda for Highlands County commissioners today in addition to looking at a plan to implement a proposed fire assessment on homes, businesses and even vacant lots in the county to provide professional fire protection.
At a recent public hearing, many residents complained about the level of the assessment, so commissioners will look at plans that would run from 60-80 percent of the announced figures…to start with.
In other action, the commission is expected to grant $15,000 to Youth Baseball of Sebring for a trio of baseball tournaments. The money will go to hosting fees, team promotional packets and “Jock and Jive Radio Broadcasting” for the events.

Today is Independence Day Eve, and the folks at Sun ‘N Lake will be celebrating a bit early with food, games, music and a big fireworks display. Personalities form 99.1 FM WWOJ will be on hand from 5-8pm with a live remote.
The Shannon Reed Band will be there for live music, there will be inflatables, face painting, interactive games and old fashioned hotdogs and hamburgers will be available.
Organizers are asking that coolers and pets be left at home.
There is a three dollar charge. Gates open at 5:30 with the fireworks to commence at 9pm.