News Update for 8/15/22

When it comes to retiring, it appears that Highlands County gets pretty high marks. A new report put Highlands third in a list of the Top-25 places in Florida to spend the golden years.

The firm Stacker compiled a list of the best counties to retire in Florida using data from Niche. Niche ranks counties based on a variety of factors including cost of living, healthcare, recreation and weather.
Highlands earned an “A” for weather, and a B-plus for outdoor activities and the cost of living. Overall, we got an “A” grade as being good for retirees.
Highlands came in behind Sarasota and Indian River counties as the best places in Florida to retire.

Recreation will be on the minds of Avon Park city council members when they get together tonight for a special session. They’ll be discussing a Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program grant with longtime consultant Corbet Aladay.
Reportedly, that money has been targeted for the Durrah Martin Baseball complex.

A Highlands County School Board workshop to discuss the notion of Abstinence as a policy in Highlands County schools when teaching students sex education has been pushed back to the end of the month. It had been scheduled for this afternoon, but there were not enough board members to make for a quorum. It now has been set for August 30.

A pair of Broward County men have been implicated in connection with a rash of smash and grab burglaries here in Highlands County. Arrested and charged were 44-year-old Kalvin Flowers of Pompano Beach and 46-year-old Roger Raysor of Broward County.
Working with Lake Placid police, Highlands County sheriff’s detectives linked the pair to burglaries in retail locations at both Lake Placid and Avon Park.
Apparently, the two have been implicated in similar incidents statewide. Both have been arrested and jailed.

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