News Update for 1/21/22

A new report from "Smartest Dollar" show that an estimated 7.9 percent of workers in the Sebring metro area are in the categories for the highest stressed jobs. That’s more than the national average of 7.6 percent of employees in high-stress positions.

No surprise, local workers in those high-stress position s earn below the national average. Locally, the average wage comes in at just under $31,000 a year. The national average wage for such work is nearly $42,000 annually.
According to the survey, employees in a wide range of occupations must contend with stress at work on a regular basis.

It’s going to be a festive weekend in Highlands County. It all begins tomorrow morning. First, there’s the Crazy Pepper Chili Cookoff on the Circle in downtown Sebring. It’s the Tenth Annual event for the Highlands Rotary Club.
In addition to the food, there will be live music from the California Toe Jam Band and a car show.
Attendees with have the opportunity to sample chili from each of the teams and vote on their favorite. Combined with the new Sebring Farmer’s Market, they are expecting a bumper crowd.
In Avon Park, the Heartland Cultural Alliance will present their multi-cultural "Fusion Fest" tomorrow. Described as a celebration of food, music, dance and art, that one will be held on Museum Avenue in the City of Charm.

Florida Governor Ron Desantis made a whistle stop in Hardee County yesterday. While there, he made a announcement that Florida First Lady Casey Desantis had gone through her last chemotherapy session in her treatment for cancer.
Desantis also handed out a number of checks for educational institutions across the state, to fund truck driving and nursing programs.
Among those was a $415,000 stipend to South Florida State College for their Commercial Vehicle Driver’s program.