Local News 11-29-21

There’s another big football game in Sebring tonight. Sebring High’s Blue Streak Varsity squad won last week and now gets to host a FHSAA Quarter Final playoff game tonight at Firemen’s Field. The St Petersburg Gladiators are in town. Expect a crowd for the 7:30 game tonight. Impartial reporters? Not us. Go Streaks!

State Patrol detectives are looking for help in finding the second vehicle in an early-morning hit and run traffic crash yesterday that cost a 43 year Avon Park woman her life. The female victim was driving north of Highway 27 near Sunpure Road when her sedan collided with something – State Troopers say they suspect a semi truck and trailer. The vehicle – whatever it was – left the scene and the FHP is looking for it. If you know something, a call to the Highway Patrol or Crimestoppers would be appreciated.

Fire trucks were called to a house on Camphor Street near Avon Park Middle School yesterday morning just before 10:30 when witnesses say an explosion preceded a large fire at a residence there. West Sebring fire crews helped the Avon Park Fire Department with the blaze. No injuries reported and the investigation is continuing.

The track is hot at Sebring International Raceway this weekend … the first-ever 24-hour race is on, run by the Radical Cup North America circuit. The Crevantic 24 race begins at this afternoon and runs through tomorrow afternoon.

It’s fall in Florida – or, put another way, construction season. Look out as you traverse Highway 27 this season. This week’s Florida Road report lists not less than nine projects that may affect traffic on Highway 27 as it runs through Highlands County over the next couple weeks. They range from mowing and litter pickup operations all the way north to south ends through two driveway projects just north of un N Lake Boulevard in the northbound lanes and shoulder repair work near the intersection of Highway 27 and the Sebring Parkway. IN addition, crews will be upgrading the traffic signals at fourteen different sites as various times during the next couple weeks, so a word to the wise – keep your eyes peeled for stuff you don’t expect. Because odds are, you’ll find it.

Health care workers from Advent Health and Highlands Regional Medical Center are expected to put a show of displeasure on over the hospitals’ plans to enforce a vaccine mandate on their employees tomorrow. Organizers say a group of workers and supporters are slated to gather at 2:00 Saturday afternoon off the property of the Advent Health Sebring campus at the intersection of Highway 27 and Sun’N’Lake Boulevard.