News Update for 8/19/20

Well the primaries are over and the winners now have been declared. With all the precincts now reporting – Jerome Kasubowski picked up 46-percent of the vote to take the Highlands County Clerk of Courts seat.
In the county commission races, Kathy Rapp took District 2 with 48-percent of the vote, Scott Kirouac won the District 3 seat with 52-percent and Chris Campbell won the District 5 seat with 36-percent of the vote.
Kaylee Tuck won her District 55 Florida House Republican primary with just over 56-percent of the vote. She now advances to the November general election
About a third of registered voters cast their ballots either in person or by mail. Balloting reportedly went smoothly with no major incidents to report.

The latest Coronavirus test numbers released by the Florida Department of Health show that there have been 21 additional positive tests and 102 negatives added to Highlands County’s ongoing count.
Of the 17,264 tests administered locally over the past five months – 15,593 tests have been negative with 1,660 positive cases recorded.
There have been 183 people hospitalized at some point during their illness and 47 deaths have been tied to the corona virus since numbers started being kept.

The Highlands County School Board will hold a special session tonight. At issue is whether or not to allow sports competition to resume in the local system. The meeting will be held at 5:30 PM in the Garland Boggus boardroom at the the district offices.
There already has been overwhelming support on social media for the activity. Some parents have asked that should the board allow games to be played between schools. band and cheerleader activities also should be resumed.

Weather is being blamed for a fire that broke out in a home near Lake Clay. Units from Lake Placid and Sun ‘N Lakes South responded to the call on Citadel Street when a house there was struck by lightning.
Firefigters extinguished what was termed a small but stubborn attic fire. No injuries were reported in the incident. A dollar damage estimate was not available.