News Update for 8/9/21

One person was killed, two people were seriously injured and the southbound lanes of Highway 27 were closed for a time yesterday afternoon when two cars collided in the area of Lake Damon Road.
Reportedly a compact sedan was attempting to cross Highway 27 and was hit broadside by a Sport Utility vehicle. The driver of the sedan, 1 72-year-old Avon Park man died and his passenger, a 68-year-old Avon Park woman was seriously injured. Also hurt was the SUV driver, a 53-year-old Frostproof woman.

Avon Park firefighters were busy last night. Units were called to a structure fire at Canfield & Memorial shortly before 9pm. Apparently, it is listed as a total loss. So far no details as to what sparked the blase.
No injuries were reported in fighting the fire.

Well, there will be a city council election in Avon Park, and there will be three new women sitting in the council seats. Only four citizens filed to run – Thelma Foster, Brittany McGuire, Michelle “Shelly” Mercure and Bernice Taylor.
The four now will have until November 2nd to make their case to the voters in the City of Charm.
Two incumbents – Maria Sutherland and Brenda Gray – had announced they would seek re-election, but apparently did not file their paperwork.
Sutherland reportedly has been hired as the assistant city manager in the Polk County community of Fort Meade.

Avon Park city council members have a couple of pressing items on their agenda when they meet tonight in regular session. They first will look at making provisions to allow an electric scooter company to set up shop. They were approached with the idea last month by a company that offers a similar service in Sebring.
The council also will discuss the possibility of enacting a law enforcement assessment on residents – in much the same manner there’s a fire assessment in the City of Charm. Council is looking at ways for paying what will be a significant increase in the cost of law enforcement there.

Florida Highway Patrol officials are scratching their heads over a fatal traffic accident in Hardee County. It appears that an unknown vehicle struck an unidentified man – killing the pedestrian. Apparently, the accident occurred at US 17 and Torrey Road just south of Bowling Green.
So far, it remains unclear what kind of vehicle might have been involved in the mishap. The driver did not remain at the scene.