News Update for 9/18/19

Hundreds of customers woke up without water in Avon Park this morning. A 12″ water main break left most of the City of Charm – and surrounding areas dry. Avon Park City Manager David Flowers says crews are working to get the problem remedied.
So fat, what caused the break. The customers on the system are under a boil water order until further notice.

Without comment, Sebring city council members last night approved a contract with city attorney Robert Swaine. There were no substantive changes in the pact – including WSwaine’s hourly rates.

One person was injured yesterday when a car rammed the back of a truck. That incident occurred yesterday evening at the intersection of Highway 27 and Dal Hall Boulevard in Lake Placid.
Authorities say the victim was transported to an area hospital. No names or other details have yet been released.

Highlands County Sheriff’s deputies yesterday arrested a fugitive from Hardee County. Andy Byers was wanted on numerous counts including carjacking, false imprisonment and robbery.
Deputies first spotted a suspect vehicle at the Red Beach Lake boat ramp. They then deployed their new bloodhound – Deputy Hootch who followed the trail a half mile to the suspect. Byers surrendered without incident.
Officials say it was the first felony arrest for Hootch.

Highlands County commissioners yesterday took another step toward building the government-run fire service here. They gave the OK to taking out a $5.5 million dollar loan. That money is slated to be used for building fire stations, purchasing vehicles and equipment. Commissioners say they will use money from the new countywide fire assessment to pay back the note.
In other action, commissioners voted to ink a $147,000 contract with Casey Hartt to run the county’s tourism arm for another two years.

Officials say things are in readiness for today’s Blessing of the Businesses event. The eighth annual gathering will be held at the Family Life Center at the First United Methodist Church in Sebring.
It’s designed to lift up in prayer the businesses and services of the area. Guest speaker this year will be Sebring native and former Major League Baseball player Richard Cormier.
The doors will open for the event this morning at 11am. Organizers say it will be finished by 1:00.