Local News 11-3-23

Fire crews from Highlands County were out knocking down another brush fire last night – this one was around 5 acres’ worth on Queen Avenue, south of Sebring. Crews from Highlands County and the Forest service were on the scene between 5 and 6pm, and say the fire’s contained, but may still be smoking.

This weekend features one of Sebring’s annual “biggies” on the Circle in Downtown Sebring. The Highlands Arts League’s 56th Annual Arts and Crafts Festival happens tomorrow on and around Circle Park. The Art League says the expect over 40 arts and crafts vendors to view and buy from, along with food vendors, activities for kids, face painting, and Sebring High’s Emerging Artists competition. And live music by “Outta Hand Band”. 10 till 4, on the Circle tomorrow.

Later in the evening, Circle of Truth Ministries has a free concert in the parking lot of the old Wachovia Bank Building off North Ridgewood in downtown Sebring. That takes place at 7pm.

If you’re heading through downtown Sebring, by the way, that Festival DOES mean road closures. Traffic trying to follow State Road 17 – which includes the Circle – will follow a detour off North and South Ridgewood to Park Street, then back to the other side of Ridgewood.

The Avon Park Fire Department is celebrating its hundredth birthday today. There’s an open house at the fire station on South Delaney Avenue from 4 till 6pm today – games, goodies to eat and a historical display. Current and retired firefighters will be there to answer questions and show off the fire station and equipment.

It’s been a rough earnings season for the stock market, but one of our area’s major companies is feeling no pain – in Publix Super Markets’ latest earnings report this week, the Lakeland-based regional grocery chain said its net sales increased 111.4% in the third quarter compared with a year ago.

And, don’t forget, this is the weekend we “fall back” to Standard Time. Florida’s Senators and Congresspeople have tried to get us removed from the annual pain, but so far they haven’t gotten support for permanent Daylight Savings time down here. Sooo, its back up an hour Sunday morning and get that extra hour of sleep. You do have to admit, it’s easier that losing an hour of sleep will be next spring …