News Update for 1/31/22

It’s been the coldest weather of the year over the past couple of days here – with the mercury dipping into the mid-20’s in some area locations. Highlands County officials opened up a shelter Saturday and Sunday evenings for those who might not have a warm place to stay. They say one person took advantage of the opportunity last night.
The freezing temperatures may hasten the start of the annual dry xeason – as the dead vegetation from the cold will be easier to ignite when it fully dries.

Yes, it’s cold outside – and a new survey from Construction Coverage shows that nearly five percent of workers in the Sebring metro area have jobs outside. The local 4.9-percent of outdoor workers beats the national average of 3.7-percent of workers who do their jobs outside.
The most common are landscaping and construction workers. The average wage is well below the national average – with about $32,000 annually localally with an average of better than $45,000 a year nationally.

Avon Park resident Bobby Talley is calling on officials in the City of Charm to install an audible light at Lake Avenue and Main Street. Talley, who is not sighted, says it would be of great assistance for the visually-impaird to cross the street at the busy downtown intersection.
Talley, a long-time Avon Park resident has been an activist for decades, embarking on several enterpreneual buisnesses there.

The 2022 edition of the 12 Hours of Sebring is coming, and that means applications are open for the annual "Stan Durrance Fan of the Year" awards. Track officials are looking for those who might be tapped as one of those who have had exemplary dedication and attendance at America’s Oldest Sports Car Endurance race.
But you better hurry – the deadline is today. Email your nominations and the reasons why to