News Update for 9/14/20

The latest Coronavirus test numbers released by the Florida Department of Health show there have been 9 additional positive, and 117 negative tests added to Highlands County’s ongoing count.
Of the 19,930 tests administered locally – 17,915 have been negative with 2005 positive cases recorded.
There have been 210 people hospitalized at some point during their illness and 78 deaths have been tied to the corona virus here since numbers started being kept.

Avon Park city council members will get together for their first session of September tonight. They’ll start with public hearings on the tentative budget and fire assessment rates for the upcoming fiscal year.
In other action, the council will discuss the pending demolition of the Wylde Building and the need for more members on the city’s planning & zoning board. They also are set to determine a date for the annual tricker treat festivities.

The Frostproof city council also will be getting together. They will meet this afternoon at 3:30. The workshop will deal both with the millage and the capital improvement budget for the upcoming fiscal year in the Friendly City.

A pedestrian was struck and killed over the weekend. Florida Highway Patrol officials have not been able to identify the man. They only will say a 20-year-old man was at the wheel of a sedan when he struck the pedestrian from behind off Highlands Blvd and Parkdale Drive Saturday night.
The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. No names or other details have been released. Apparently, they still are trying to identify the victim.

A Bartow man reportedly was killed early yesterday morning in an accident in Winter Haven. According to reports, 52-year-old William Clabough was at the counter a Marathon gas station, when an out of control vehicle careened off the road crashed into the the building.
The black Kia Optima apparently jumped the concrete curb and through the parking lot, striking an unoccupied Ford Mustang before crashing into the building.
The driver of the vehicle also was taken to an area hospital. Charges in the incident are pending.