News Update for 9/11/20

As people observe `9/11 the Sounds of Freedom may be heard overhead. Officials of the Avon Park Air Force Range indicate that exercises will be going on at the Bombing Range all day today.
They did not indicate what kind of aircraft would be in the area or what other kinds of machinery might be involved in the sessions.

The latest Coronavirus test numbers released by the Florida Department of Health show there have been two additional positive, and 21 negative tests added to Highlands County’s ongoing count.
Of the 19,417 tests administered locally – 17,460 have been negative with 1947 positive cases recorded.
There have been 205 people hospitalized at some point during their illness and 69 deaths have been tied to the corona virus here since numbers started being kept.

Two people were injured and State Road 66 was tied up for a time yesterday when two cars collided near the intersection of 66 and Payne Road. According to reports, a Sport Utility Vehicle ran into the back of a pickup truck,
One of the two people injured in the mishap was taken to a local hospital as a result of the accident.

According to reports, Highlands County officials are looking to hire a fire marshal. Among other things, the new fire marshal will be responsible for fire Prevention, fire safety, public education and development of fire service programs.
The action comes in the wake of the retirement of Jimmy Branca, who recently stepped down after 30 years of service.
Currently, inspectors from the State Fire Marshal’s office are called in to investigate causes and other details of local fire incidents.