News Update for 9/7/20

It appears to have been a pretty quiet Labor Day weekend so far. Law enforcement and fire/rescue officials say they have been busy – but no issues of any note.
Both the Vet Jam End of Summer Fest and the Frostproof celebration also apparently came off without a hitch.

The latest Coronavirus test numbers released by the Florida Department of Health over the weekend show there have been 55 additional positives, and 317 negatives added to Highlands County’s ongoing count.
Of the 19,150 tests administered locally – 17,231 have been negative with 1909 positive cases recorded.
There have been 201 people hospitalized at some point during their illness and 69 deaths have been tied to the corona virus here since numbers started being kept.

Heartland Horses for the Handicapped reportedly is in line for some help. Ralph Stivala a local Boy Scout, is working on his Eagle Scout project. His plan is to build a pole barn on the property with a “SureHands Lift.”
The mechanism would permit people transfer from their wheelchairs to horseback in a more safe fashion. Stivala currently is raising money for the materials to get the project underway.