News Update for 10/30/18

Residents are flocking to the polls during early voting. Reportedly, nearly a quarter of all registered voters in Highlands County already have cast their ballots either by mail or by visiting a polling location.
At last report, more than 9,000 ballots had been received by mail with more than 6,000 visiting local polls. That makes more than 15,000 to date. Early voting will continue through November 3rd.
Election day will be Tuesday November 6th.

If you think there’s a bit more air traffic around, you’re right, the semi-annual International Aerobatic Competition has descended on the Sebring Regional Airport for their fall meet.
Between 40-50 competitors are expected in at the airport to fly in classes ranging from Primary to Unlimited. Each pilot performs three different flights composed of a series of different maneuvers.
The event is not an air show per se, but interested residents can see a lot of the action from the plaza behind the airside center.

Representatives of the Florida Department of Transportation will be down at the Highlands County Agri-Civic Center tonight. They’ll be taking citizen input on the next phase of improvements to Highway 27. The $19 million dollar project will run six miles from south of Sebring to Lake Placid.
At issue will be repaving, modifying the median openings, drainage improvements and new guard rails.
There will be an open house at 5:00 with a formal presentation and public hearing to begin at 6:00

West Sebring volunteer firefighters were called out to a report of smoke in a structure last night. While there were no injuries or serious damage, officials say it serves as a reminder that as cooler weather approaches, many homeowners will be turning their home heating systems on for the first time in months.
Such units may be dusty and dirty from lack of use – creating the smell of smoke as they heat up. Sometimes it may even result in a fire.
They remind citizens to make certain their heating systems are operational and well maintained.