News Update for 10/21/21

There was quite a bit of activity in the “fish streets” west of Sebring yesterday as Highlands County Sheriff’s deputies pursued and caught a man wanted on multiple felony warrants.
What started as a traffic pursuit soon led to a foot chase with Highlands County deputies and K-9s assisted by the Polk County Sheriff’s helicopter. Apparently, the incident happened right at shift change – so a lot of law enforcement was available.
After wading though waist-deep water, deputies arrested 37-year-old Shelton Andrews of Sebring.l He was booked into the Highlands County Jail.

If you’re looking for a pet, officials at local rescue efforts say they are packed with dogs and cats who are ready for adoption. Officials from Highlands County Animal Services, the Humane Society and Heartland Cat Rescue all agree they have a wide selection from which to choose.
Apparently, during last year’s pandemic – a LOT of people adopted pets. However, now that they are going back to work, they are turning those pets back in – with a hope they’ll be adopted out again.
Animal services officials say they have not reached capacity yet – but when they do, euthanizing will begin to make room there.

Runners from all over the country are descending on Highlands County for a marathon event. The GFNY Marathon is a new event for the group that will be staging a large scale competition at the end of the month.
Saturday’s run will include a marathon, a half marathon and a 5K run. Those competitions will begin and end at the Sebring International Raceway.
Come October 30, GFNY will host a cycling event in Sebring – organizers say there could be more that a thousand riders there.

The Champion for Children’s Theater in Sebring will host the next two events of their most recent series tomorrow with a country music concert and a hymn sing.
Friday evening will feature regional artists Robbie A. with Adam Martin of Blackbird Anthem. Saturday night, those who like to sing out of a hymnal will have an opportunity to exercise their vocal chords with husband and wife team Jordan and Josie.

The Spring Lake Improvement District will mark their 50th Anniversary this weekend. The program will be set up under the oaks at the Pine Breeze Park Community Center. More than 50 vendors have been signed up for the event which runs from 10am until 4pm.
There also will be food trucks, entertainment and children’s events.