News Update for 1/20/23

It appears Highlands local State Representative Kaylee Tuck again is at the edge of major Florida legislation. House Bill One, would establish Education Savings Accounts in the Sunshine State.
Tuck, who serves as Chair of the Choice and Innovation Subcommittee introduced the bill.
Florida House leaders are calling it "Landmark" school choice legislation. The bill reportedly will empower parents and students while elevating levels of education in Florida.
In her first term in office, Tuck successfully sponsored a measure that keeps biological boys and girls competing against each other in High School sports.

Another housefire yesterday, this time it was in the Town & Country Mobile Home Park south of Sebring. When units from Desoto City and West Sebring arrived at the scene, there were flames and smoke showing outside the structure.
Firefighters quickly knocked down the blaze, but the mobile home is considered to be a total loss. No dollar damage estimate or cause has been released.
No injuries were reported.

Preparations are underway for tomorrow’s 11th Annual Crazy Pepper Chili Cookoff. Ridgewood and the spoke streets around the Historic Circle in downtown Sebring will be closed off to allow for the contestants and vendors to set up their booths, exhibits and displays.
So far, 15 different teams will vye for the coveted PepperPot awards. The event begins Saturday at 9 and runs until 3.
In addition to Chili tasting and a Chili Dog Eating Contest, there will be various vendors and music from recording artist Cory Greenway & The Outtahand Band.

A Polk County doctor is seeing what she calls an explosion in demand for a type 2 diabetes drug. The drug is called Ozempic, and while it’s designed for type 2 diabetes, it’s popularity is due to its effectiveness as a weight loss aide.
Dr. Lilliam Chiques is medical director at the Watson Clinic in Lakeland, and she says demand for Ozempic is making it hard for her type 2 diabetes patients to get it. She says in some cases, she has had to settle for smaller doses or a different drug that’s similar to Ozempic.