News Update for 9/28/20

The latest Coronavirus test numbers released by the Florida Department of Health show there have been 4 additional positive, and 50 negative tests added to Highlands County’s ongoing count.
Of the 21,268 tests administered locally – 19,098 have been negative with 2160 positive cases recorded.
There have been 231 people hospitalized at some point during their illness and 86 deaths have been tied to the corona virus here since numbers started being kept.

As Governor Ron Desantis moves to re-open the state, comes word of more local closings. Officials of the Highlands Art League have announced that they have decided not to hold the annual Fine Arts & Crafts festival in November. They say they hope to have it next year.
Meanwhile, The Humane Society of Highland County has pulled the plug on Terror Trail for this year. The scare-fest has been a major fundraiser for the group.

An Avon Park man reportedly has perished in an accident in Hendry County. According to reports from the Florida Highway Patrol, the 66-year-old driver was near the intersection of Highway 27 and County Road 720 just south of Clewiston when he lost control of his Sport Utility Vehicle.
The SUV went off the road, into a ditch and overturned. The driver was killed. FHP officials have declined to release his name.

It looks to be a big meeting for the Avon Park city council tonight as they first get together as the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency then hold their final budget hearing.
Council has been eyeing the idea of increasing millage in the city from .3-tenths of a mil to as much as 2 mils to take care of some pressing financial needs in the City of Charm. They’ll also go over their capital improvement plan.
At the CRA session, the council will discuss hiring a full-time employee and a part-time marketing person for the Avon Park Airport.