News Update for 4/29/24

Units from Highlands Lakes were assisted by Avon Park municipal firefighters yesterday in making a water rescue. They were called to Lake Adelaide in the north end of the county, where a boat had overturned.
Rescue workers found the craft upside down in the water with two men hanging on. They pulled the victims from the water. They were not seriously injured. Firefighters then retrieved the boat.
There’s no word on what caused their craft to overturn.

A young man on a motorized scooter reportedly was injured over the weekend, when he collided with the side of a semi tractor-trailer rig. According to witness reports, the mishap occured near the intersection of Highway 27 and Flare Road west of Sebring.
Apparently, the rider suffered injuries to his hands and feet. He was taken to a local hospital. Witness reports indicate the rider was heading home after a shift at a local restaurant.
No names or other details have been released.

An Avon Park woman was seriously injured in a traffic crash on Hammock Road. Florida Highway Patrol reports indicate the 38-year-old was westbound on Hammock, when a Sport Utility Vehicle driven by a 20-year-old Sebring man pulled from Jacklin Road into her path.
The two vehicles collided – the Sebring man suffered minor injuries. The incident remains under investigation.

The Veterans’ Service Office in Highlands County will be shut down today and tomorrow. That’s so they can move their operation back into their offices at the Bert J Harris Agricultural Civic Center on George Blvd.
Back in February they were moved to a temporary location due to a breach in a water line at their offices.
Veterans will be able to access the Veterans’ office Wednesday morning beginning at 8am.

It’s BACK…! The Florida Department of Health in Highlands County issued a health alert for the presence of harmful blue-green algal toxins over the weekend.
Again, the Lake Glenada boat ramp, 2525 U.S. 27 South, Avon Park was found to be infected after workers took water samples there last week,
People are advised not to drink, swim in, wade or come in contact with the water there. In fact, officials advise against the use of any kinds of boats or watercraft in the area.

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