News Update for 6/29/23

One person was killed and another was injured in a traffic crash south of Lake Placid last night. According to Florida Highway Patrol reports, the accident happened after 10:00 on Highway 70 near Robert McGhee Road, when a 27-year-old Arcadia man’s Sport Utility Vehicle left the highway and hit a concrete utility pole.
A passenger in the vehicle, another Arcadia man, reportedly was seriously injured. FHP troopers indicate neither of the victims were buckled up.

Highlands County School Board members will get together this evening for a special Thursday night session. Reportedly, the meeting was pushed back a couple days so Superintendent of Schools Brenda Longshore and her executive team could attend a training seminar.
On tonight’s agenda will be board approval of several contracts with third party vendors for school services.
There are indications that several citizens have questions for the board about budget and staffing issues.

A delivery man is a Highlands County woman’s guardian angel. That’s how Avon Park’s Nancy Reyburn describes Jose Sanchez, who came to her rescue on Tuesday.
The 78-year-old Reyburn was locked out of her home at the Crystal Lake Club, and when she tried to get in through a window, she got stuck. She couldn’t move for five hours, but when she saw Sanchez driving by to make a delivery, she screamed to get his attention, and it worked.
Sanchez says he never heard an 80-year-old lady scream so loud. He stopped, called 911 and stayed with Reyburn ’til help came. She says she believes people are put in a place for a reason, and that morning, Sanchez was put there to help her.

A child is dead after a crash in Polk County. It happened around 7:30 yesterday morning in Winter Haven on Cypress Gardens Road.
Polk County Sheriff’s officials say the seven-year-old girl was in a pickup truck that hit a car and rolled over. She was taken to the hospital with severe head trauma and passed away.
Her father, who was driving the truck, suffered minor injuries. The other driver was not seriously injured.

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