Newsw Update for 7/20/20

Coronavirus numbers climbed across the board over the weekend. Statistics released by the Florida Department of Health show that there have been 98 new positive results and 426 negative cases in Highlands County.
Of the 12,346 tests administered locally over the past four months – 11,569 have been negative with 765 positives. There have been 113 people hospitalized at some point during their illness and 15 deaths have been tied to the corona virus since numbers started being kept back in February.

A reminder from Highlands County Supervisor of Elections Penny Ogg – today is the day that the books close for the Primary Election.
Any new voter registration or party change will have to be completed today. You can either go in to the Supervisor of Elections office, or, they can be done online at,
There are forms and links on the Supervisor’s website at but the forms also are available through the tax collector, public assistances offices and libraries.

A Highlands County motorcyclist was killed over the weekend. Florida Highway Patrol reports only identify him as a 34-year-old Sebring man. Apparently the man was turning from Mike Kahn Road onto Paradise Lane, when he was struck by an oncoming sport utility vehicle.
He was knocked off his bike and into the roadway. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Troopers say he WAS wearing his helmet – but have not released the man’s name.

The Mobil One 12 Hours of Sebring has retained their position as the number one motorsports event in North America. It’s the second time in a row they have topped the USA Today’s 10Best list.
The news comes on the heels of a very successful Cadillac Grand Prix of Sebring sprint race this past weekend, staged here by the International Motorsports Associataion. This year’s 12-Hours, also staged by IMSA, has been pushed back to November, due to the Coronavirus.

Polk County Sheriff’s officials still are looking for information surrounding a triple homicide in Frostproof.
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said that the men were beaten and shot late Friday night at a lake where they had planned to go catfishing.
Killed were 23-year-old Damion Tillman, 30-year-old Keven Springfield and 27-year-old Brandon Rollins.
Judd described the killing as a massacre. He would not speculate about whether the assailants knew the victims, although he also suggested it wasn’t a random attack.

Highlands County Emergency Medical Services teamed up with units from Polk and Osceola counties over the weekend to affect a rescue. The incident reportedly involved a jet ski accident on the Kissemme River north of the Avon Park Air Force Range.
Reportedly, by the time units arrived at the remote location, the victim had been brought to shore. They were transported to an area hostpital where they are listed in “stable” condition.