News Update for 7/5/22

By consensus, Highlands County commissioners this morning agreed to begin to look into a process to find a permanent county administrator. They have charged staff with finding an executive procurement firm that could do a nationwide search to find a new chief executive for the county. They are expected to get a report back as early as their next scheduled meeting.

In other action, the commissioners agreed to put another 50 county-owned lots on the market, to get them back on the tax rolls.

The Highlands Tea Party will continue their series, presenting candidates running for local office. Tonight, Isaac Durrance, who is seeking a second term on the School Board of Highlands County will make a presentation and field questions from the audience.
The Tea Party meets Tuesday evenings at the Vietnam Veterans Hall, 33565 Grand Prix Drive, behind the Sebring Wal-Mart. The doors open at 5pm with the meeting to commence at 6pm.

While fireworks displays across Highlands County apparently went off without incident this past weekend, a fireworks accident has been reported at the Hardee County fireworks display.
Last night’s Red, White and Boom festivities were the first to be held at Pioneer Park.
One person apparently was injured and was airlifted to Tampa General Hospital. It remains unclear whether the victim was injured in the display, or was setting off personal pyrotechnics.

One person is dead and two others reportedly were injured in a shooting overnight in Winter Haven. Apparently it occurred overnight in a stretch along Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
A large crowd reportedly had gathered in the area when the shooting occurred. Police officials have released no additional information.

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