News Update for 8/14/20

The latest Coronavirus test numbers released by the Florida Department of Health show that there have been 22 additional positive tests returned and 118 new negatives conducted in Highlands County.
Of the 16,498 tests administered locally over the past five months – 14,964 tests have been negative with 1,523 positive cases recorded.
There have been 170 people hospitalized at some point during their illness and 40 deaths have been tied to the corona virus since numbers started being kept.

The family of a Sebring man killed in a July hit-and-run accident now are offering a reward to see if they can find the truck and driver responsible. 32-year-old Kyle Heine (Hy-nee) was struck in the early morning hours of July 22nd as he walked along State Road 17.
They are looking for information on the vehicle. It is said to have higher than average mirrors and might have been a work truck. Damage would have been to the right side. Anyone with information is asked to call the Florida Highway Patrol or the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office.

It appears that a Sebring landmark may be disappearing. Reportedly, preparations are underway to take down the old Nan-Cess-O-Wee hotel on Ridgewood Drive in the downtown area.
As of yet, no permits for the demolition have been pulled, however, the building reportedly has been deemed uninhabitable by city officials.

Early voting wraps up tomorrow in Highlands County. As of this morning, just over 19% of the electorate have made their voices heard. A few more walk-ins coming in to cast their ballots. Of the 12.203 votes cast so far, 3,157 ballots have been cast at one of the three early voting locations. The bulk of the ballots continue to be by mail, with some 9,042 delivered to the elections office.
Supervisor of Elections Penny Ogg says things have been moving pretty smoothly.
Early voting goes on through tomorrow in Avon Park, Sebring and Lake Placid. Primary Election Day will be this coming Tuesday.