News Update for 1/26/23

If you’re looking for a mechanically-inclined person, you’re in the wrong place. A new report by Construction Coverage shows that fewer than 12-percent of workers in the Sebring-Avon Park metro area hold occupations that require a mechanical inclination as part of their reguler activities. The 11.7-percent figure places Highlands County third from the bottom in…

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News Update for 1/25/23

State Route 70 was closed at County Road 721 for a time this morning. Highlands County Sheriff’s officials say that was due to a traffic accident there. A couple of Highlands County municipalities have some downtown property for sale. Avon Park city council members are issuing a request for proposals for a Main Street lot…

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News Update for 1/24/23

Big news from the Sebring International Raceway. NASCAR Champ Richard Petty will be at the track next month for the Trans-Am series. Petty will serve as the grand marshal for the event and give the start engine command for the Big Machine Vodka Spiked Coolers feature race. Petty has experience in Trans-Am, racing in the…

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News Update for 1/24/23

A pair of weekend shootings are keeping law enforcement officials busy in Highlands County. The first one happened in Sebring. Reportedly, somebody opened fire on a house on Grand Avenue. At least one of the slugs hit somebody inside. The victim reportedly was taken to a hospital. Their condition has not been released. A man…

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News Update for 1/20/23

It appears Highlands local State Representative Kaylee Tuck again is at the edge of major Florida legislation. House Bill One, would establish Education Savings Accounts in the Sunshine State. Tuck, who serves as Chair of the Choice and Innovation Subcommittee introduced the bill. Florida House leaders are calling it “Landmark” school choice legislation. The bill…

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News Update for 1/19/23

For the second time this month, a government holiday observance has pushed the regular Highlands County Commission meeting to Thursday. So commissioners will meet this morning for their regular session. Among other things, the board will look at changing the zoning designation for about six acres of property in the Moss Hammock subdivision to allow…

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News Update for 1/17/23

A local resident has won big in the annual American Library Association awards. Vicki Brown, who is athe manager of the Highlands County Library System and the coordinator for the Heartland Library Coopertative, is one of 10 recipients of the ALA’s Love My Librarian competition. She’ll get $5,000 cash plus another $750 in travel expenses…

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News Update for 1/16/23

Highlands is one of a number of central Florida counties that remain under another freeze watch. National Weather Service forecast has predicted lows of 33 degrees, although most temperatures locally have been in the high 30’s there was a report of one as low as 31 in some areas. A complete weather forecast follows the…

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News Update for 1/13/23

Avon Park city council members have taken another step in changing the downtown traffic pattern in the City of Charm. They heard from representatives of the Florida Department of Transportation and Renaissance Planning about an effort that would close one of the two lanes on each side of Main Street, to allow for horizontal parking.…

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Local News Headlines 1-13-23

State’s attorneys are batting .500 after two trials ended a bit – differently – this week. Jimmy Lamar Ford Jr. was convicted this week on second-degree homicide counts in connection with the 2020 murder of 29-year-old Alexander Antonio Nowell. The altercation was at The Joint in Avon Park, on South Delaney Avenue. Ford will be…

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