Highlands County commissioners this morning issued a "State of Local Emergency," in connection with the development of Hurrican Ian. The big storm currently is projected to pass by the central portion of the state in the Gulf of Mexico, but the effects are expected to be felt here with both wind and rain.
Highlands County Emergency Management Director Brian Newhouse told commissioners he expected this to be a rain event, with seven to ten inches expected – with as much as 15-inches in some areas.
Sandbag distribution continues today until 5 p.m. at the Road and Bridge office on George Blvd. in Sebring, the Road and Bridge office on Winthrop St. in Avon Park and the Road and Bridge office on County Road 621 in Lake Placid. There is a limit of 10 bags per person.
Sand still is available at the following sites:
South George Boulevard in Sebring, The Old Bombing Rage Road & County Road 17 East in Avon Park and
County Road 621 & County Road 619 in Lake Placid.
Residents should bring a shovel and a friend for help if needed.
Avon Park city council members will get together tonight for their regular session. In addition to dealing with storm preparations. The council will look at their five-year capital improvement plan, and will hear about plan to bring a professional wrestling event to the Boys & Girls club there.
This year’s edition of the Terror Trail will be its last. The half mile walk through the woods, where participants have a chance to be startled and frightened will come to an end this season, following a 13-year run.
It has been a major fund-raiser for the Highlands County Humane Society. However, officials say never fear, a new event is in the works.
A man from Ave Maria, Florida, was killed over the weekend in a Hardee County traffic crash. Florida Highway Patrol reports indicate the 23-year-old was riding his motorcycle on Norris Road and pulled into the path of a Pickup.
The truck took evasive action, but still collided with the biker. The man was taken to an area hospital where he later expired.