News Update fir 2/18/21

Officials from the School Board of Highlands County are warning motorists that there will be no school today or tomorrow. That means youngsters may be out playing, walking or riding their bicycles during school hours.
Classes will resume on Monday.

Those wanting to get a coronavirus inoculation still have the opportunity. Highlands County officials say those who want to get on the waiting list can do so, by registering through the state. They can find the link on the county’s web site. Currently there are about 22,000 on the waiting list, and names still are being taken.
The county does have coronavirus testing avail abilities. Those are on Mondays and Wednesdays. Doctors offices and CVS Pharmacies also reportedly are offering testing locally.

Today is Alan Jay Automotive Day at the Highlands County Fair. It’s Students’ Day. That means that youngsters will be admitted free with a can of food at the Kenilworth Gate.
It’s a big night at the fair, with the Junior Livestock Auction to be held in the Livestock Pavilion. As always there will be plenty of booths, displays and exhibits, the Reithoffer rides will be running and there will be shows by Scott’s World of Magic and the Grizzly Experience.

Activities are picking up at the Sebring International Raceway for this year’s SpeedTour event. Competitors from the SportsCar Vintage Racing Association began loading in yesterday for the card of races which will run tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday.
Today there will be technical inspections, test and tune sessions for all classes, with practice and qualifying to begin tomorrow.
Highlight of the weekend will be the Trans-Am race. The series got its start at Sebring

Polk County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested a Lake Wales man who allegedly robbed homes of deceased people or their graving relatives. Detectives charge that 42-year-old Ronald Rose burglarized the homes of recently deceased people or their relatives while funeral services were underway.
In all, they say as many as 10-homes were targeted. The incidents began this past October, with some this month. He was charged with numerous burglary counts and booked into the Polk County jail.