News Update for 9/30/19

Avon Park city council members will meet tonight to decide what to do next after the departure of current city manager David Flowers. Flowers offered to step down last week – a move which was accepted by a 3-2 vote. Councilman Jim Barnard and Mayor Garrett Anderson attempted to retain him.
The council will look both at hiring a replacement, and finding an interim city manager should the process not be completed by Flowers last day. That’ll be October 18th.

Today is the last day on the job for Avon Park Finance Director Ricky Helms. Helms also offered to step down earlier this month following remarks by city councilman Stanley Spurlock to the effect that not much work had been done on the city’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

Organizers of the inaugural Highlands County Stair Climb and Walk are calling their first event an unqualified success. In all, 76 signed on for the challenge – including volunteers from Highlands Lakes, West Sebring, Desoto City, Lorida, Lake Placid, Placid Lakes, Venus along with paid firefighters from the City of Avon Park also entered and finished.
Additionally, there were medics, civilian employees and citizens who walked and ran the stairs at the p[it structure at the Sebring International Raceway.
The idea was to approximate the 110 stories of the Twin Towers in New York city, that were felled when terrorists took over a pair of commercial jetliners and rammed the buildings.

\ One person was injured in a weekend auto accident north of Sebring. Units from the West Sebring Volunteer Fire Department reportedly had to use spreaders to pop a door, in an effort to remove one of the occupants.
State Road 17 was shut down for about 20 minutes while the scene was cleared. No names or other details have been released.