News Headlines 11-15-19

It was a great day in Avon Park yesterday for the Highlands Radio Group’s Thanksgiving In The Heartland drive for the New Testament Mission – listeners donated close to $1,200 and a vanload of groceries, blankets, jackets and more for the Mission. Next Thursday, the campaign makes its final stop in Lake Placid. The New Testament Mission has been providing emergency food and help for individuals and families in need for 43 years from its base of operations off the Parkway near downtown Sebring.
The Lake Placid Police Department could be making a move soon to new “digs” closer to the local schools in the former town hall on West Interlake Boulevard. The Town Council started that ball rolling this week by voting to request renovation proposals. The now-vacant town hall building offers about a thousand more square feet of work space for the department, and puts the department’s presence within eyeshot of a 20 mile-an-hour school speed zone that’s been a local sore spot for a while. Council members said that the costs involved were the variable – an expectedly high price for the work could scuttle the proposal.

It’s high season, and in case the traffic hasn’t told you that, the weekend schedule of events ought to. The weekend is full of events and activities beginning tonight with the Ridge Area ARC’s annual Sebring Derby horse racing, betting and bidding event at Sun N Lake of Sebring; the Childrens’ Museum of The Highlands is running their annual Craft Beer Festival Saturday night at the Jack Stroup Civic Center. Highway Park, south of Lake Placid, runs their 6th annual Founders’ Day Health Fair Saturday. Tanglewood, north of Sebring on Highway 27 has concerts both Friday and Sunday nights, and the Sebring Circle hosts a free concert with Darkhorse on stage tonight, part of the Downtown CRA’s ‘Downtown Sounds’ series. Also, there’s a new semipro basketball team in the County – the ABA Heartland Racers open up their 2019 campaign Saturday night at South Florida State College. Game time is 7pm.