News Update for 1/22/21

Officials at the Sebring International Raceway have received some bad news. Officials of the World Endurance Challenge have announced that they are pulling the plug on the WEC 1,000 mile race slated for here as part of the March 12 Hours of Sebring – inasmuch as travel from Europe to the United States has become increasingly difficult.
In making the announcement, FIA officials said they hoped to keep strong ties with the Sebring circuit. They said making the announcement now would allow for planning time – instead of waiting until the last minute.

Highlands County school officials will wind up their facilities walk thrus today. They will tour Avon Park High, Sebring Middle and Woodlawn Elementary Schools this afternoon. They’ll wind up with an inspection of the district offices.
Earlier today they looked at buildings and classrooms at Sun’ N Lake, Memorial, Park and Avon elementary schools as well as Hill-Gustat and Avon Park Middle schools.

Avon Park city officials say they have decided to extend the deadline for citizens wishing to apply for a vacant city council seat. The death of Vice Mayor Stanley Spurlock last month left an unexpired term.
So far, there have been four individuals who have filed letters of interest with the city to serve out the 10 months remaining. To qualify, applicants must be qualified electors in the city of Avon Park. They also will be asked to commit that they would not stand for re-election to the post.
Applications will be accepted through February 8th, when the council is expected to make a selection.

The website rent-dot-com has come up with the cheapest places to live in Florida. While none of the cities in Highlands County made the list, there were two in Polk County that made the Top 10.
Haines City was dubbed the second cheapest area in Florida to live, with Winter Haven ranked at number nine. Lakeland made the Top 20 coming in at 16th on the list.
The data was pulled from the year 2020.