News Update for 8/23/18

Local law enforcement officials are on the lookout for a man wanted for questioning in connection with a stabbing incident in Sebring yesterday. 56-year-old Joseph Frances Hutton reportedly left the Sunshine Mini Storage facility before Highlands County Sheriff’s deputies could arrive at the scene.
The stabbing apparently involved non-life threatening injuries. The victim was not identified. A second man, 60-year-old Robert Charles Pressley has been arrested in the incident.
Hutton is described as a white male, 6-foot-4 inches tall, 280 pounds with salt-and pepper hair. Anyone with information as to his whereabouts is asked to call the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office.

It appears there’s another water study in the future for Highlands County. Cindy Rodriguez of the Southwest Florida Water Management District told county commissioners the Jack Creek Study would be the sixth such project here.
Rodriguez said that although many people already know why problems in the 70- square mile watershed occur – the 3-year project would put it into an official report.
Highlands County would pay $150,000 for the study with the water management district to pick up the remaining $450,000.

Teachers and support personnel now have new contracts, after The Highlands County School School Board voted to ratify those pacts. Although it’s not technically a “raise,” teachers will receive a step increase based on years of service. Support personnel will get a five percent pay hike.
Union members already had voted to approve their respective agreements.

In a blow to tourism in the City on the Circle – officials of Sebring Thunder have announced this year’s show of classic, custom and vintage cars has been cancelled.
Lack of volunteers was cited as the reason – although the group has had some folks step forward as volunteers after the announcement was made.
Liz Barber of the Sebring Chamber of Commerce says a casual “Show and Shine” event will be held in its place on September 15th.
The hope is to re-group and hold the Thunder event next year.