News Update for 8/2/19

The Highlands County Sheriff’s office held the second round of their gun buy-back program in Avon Park last night. Again, it was shut down an hour early due to weather – and again, it appears to have gone without incident.
The final installment of the program is set to he held tomorrow night in Sebring. That one will be held in the water tower parking lot of the Highlands County Fairgrounds. All those turning in a gun, will receive one $50 gift card per weapon.
Sheriff Paul Blackman says the idea is to get guns off the street.

City officials, parents and plenty of youngsters are expected at Sebring’s Max Long Field this afternoon. At 2:00, they will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony to dedicate new playground equipment there.
The project included $60,000 from the city and another $60,000 from the county’s Recreation and Parks Advisory Committee. In addition to the playground equipment – so-called “cool topper shades” are included to provide cover from the Florida sun.

Today begins the annual “Back to School” tax free holiday. It runs through next Tuesday, During that time, certain items will be exempt from sales tax.
Those will include school supplies selling for $15 or less as well as clothing, footwear, and certain accessories selling for $60 or less per item.
Computers and certain accessories selling for $1,000 or less will be exempt when purchased for noncommercial or personal use.
For more a complete list – visit the website.