News Update for 8/27

The latest Coronavirus test numbers released by the Florida Department of Health show that there have been 25 additional positive tests and 56 negatives added to Highlands County’s ongoing count.
Of the 18,066 tests administered locally – 16,275 tests have been negative with 1,781 positive cases recorded.
There have been 190 people hospitalized at some point during their illness and 60 deaths have been tied to the corona virus since numbers started being kept.

The Duke Energy Solar Power Plant in Lake Placid reportedly is slated to be part of a new program. Company officials have announced an 18-megawatt lithium battery will be built at the site – which came online in December of last year.
Apparently, it will be the first of it’s kind for Duke – they say it will allow for greater efficiency. It is one of three such projects going in across the Sunshine State.
They say they hope to have it operational by the end of next year.

They say time flies when you’re having fun. Avon Park City Manager Mark Schrader has informed city council members, he was hired six months ago. At the time, council members agreed to employ the former Highlands County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy with a proviso that they would review his performance after six months.
Schrader says, he’s ready for the review and assessment. No word on when the council will formally take up the action.

It might be the biggest Christmas in Frostproof in a century, While cities and towns across Florida have announced they are pulling the plug on their annual processionals Frostproof say’s their Christmas parade still is on.
Moreover, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd has agreed to be the Grand Marshal. The parade is slated for December 5th with the annual Holly Jolly Christmas Party to follow at Henderson Field.