News for 4/3/19

Five people were injured, one of them seriously yesterday, when two vehicles came together on Highway 27 and Lakeview Drive just north of Lake Placid. Early reports indicate a sport utility vehicle was coming onto 27 when it collided with a pickup truck.
Again, rescue workers had to cut open one of the vehicles to extricate a driver. One person was airlifted out to a trauma center. So far, law enforcement officials have released no names or other details on the crash.

It appears that Highlands County commissioners won’t be setting any mandatory term limits for themselves. Board Attorney Joy Carmichael yesterday told the board that she has received a Florida Attorney General’s opinion that non-charter counties could not set term limits for themselves, neither could the legislature do so by a special act.
Highlands is not a charter county.
Commission Chairman Jim Brooks again voiced his opinion that term limits for the commission comes every four years, during the election cycle.

The Sebring city council welcomed a new member last night, Curt Ivy took his position on the dais. Ivy, a former police chief and city manager in the city of Homestead, was vaulted into office without opposition, when incumbent Scott Stanley decided not to run again, and no others sought the seat.
Stanley was honored in March at his last official meeting.
Current council president, Charlie Lowrance also gained another term – he also drew no opposition.

Members of the Highlands County Economic Development Office will gather this morning at the Jack Stroup Civic Center in Sebring for another “Asset Mapping Exercise.”
The idea is to look at the strengths and resources of the area in an effort to build the economic community.

Competition will continue this weekend at the Sebring International Raceway as the North American series of Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli takes to the track.
This will mark the forth time in six weeks a major series will have run at the historic raceway. The second round of the challenge marks the first time it’s run here in the current decade. Series officials are warning drivers to mind the bumps.
Practice and qualifying begins Friday, racing runs Saturday and Sunday.