News Update 4/7/21

Last month, consultants held a citizen input session on plans to convert the Alan Altvader Cultural Complex into a recreation area for Lake Jackson. The notion would call for the relocation of the Sebring Library and demolition of the building.
Now, Highlands County commissioners are calling for citizens to make their voices heard on the issue. Surveys are available at the Avon Park, Sebring and Lake Placid libraries as well as online.
The deadline on those surveys is two weeks from today.

A number of local students have received scholarships from the Glades Electric Educational Foundation. Picking up stipends from Sebirng Senior High School were Madison Culverhouse, Taylor Derr, Conner Jones, and Kobe Labra.
Madison Jones and Cathryn Rowley from Lake Placid High also earned scholarshiops. In all, the foundation handed out scholarships to students in seven different high schools throughout their service area.

A Florida House bill authored by new Highlands County state representative Kaylee Tuck, that would limit female sports teams to biological women and girls cleared its final committee stop yesterday.
The House Education and Employment Committee OK’d the bill (HB 1475) with a 15-6 vote.
The Fairness in Women’s Sports Act would require transgender student-athletes to compete on teams aligned with their biological sex.
Tuck contends the legislation protects women and athletic competition, as men are at an athletic advantage compared to women.
The measure prohibits transgender females from competing on female teams but does not bar transgender men from competing on a male team.