News Update for 11/11/20

It’s opening day for the November edition of Race Week at the Sebring International Raceway and fans are making their way through the gates in anticipation of the action.
There will be cars on the track today, with practice sessions for both the Lamborghni Super Trofeo and the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge – those will get underway about 4:00.
Fans are being allowed to take a lap on foot around the historic 3.72 mile circuit today. Drivers also will be allowed to walk the course so they can get a feel for it
The 68th edition of the Mobil One 12 Hours of Sebring will run this Saturday.

Highlands County school officials have received some bad news, better than 20 busses purchased over the past couple of years cannot be paid for from the half-cent sales tax. State auditors made the finding in their regular review, and have been backed up by the commissioner of education.
Moreover a number of vans, trucks and other vehicles also were deemed ineligible from the fund from which they were purchased.
Highlands County Superintendent of Schools Brenda Longshore called it a “disagreement over the staute.” School board members will discuss what to do about it at their meeting next Monday night.

Detectives in Sebring are working on another shooting incident. This one happened in the Highlands Homes neighborhood last night around 6:00.
Authorities say at last report, the victim still was alive and had been taken to the hospital. Reportedly, no suspects are in custody at this time.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is currently conducting a death investigation after a body was found in an orange grove.
The discovery was made near Helicopter Rd near Tindal Camp Rd. north of Lake Wales
According to reports, the body may have been found by the sheriff’s helicopter that was on scene of a vehicle found floating upside down in Lake Lee which is about a mile away.
No names or other information has been released.

Today is Veterans Day. To honor our veterans, a parade will be held up in Avon Park. They’ll start the processional at 11am on Museum Avenue, turning down the Mile-Long Mall to Donldson Park then end up at the War Dog Memorial.
A number of floats will be in the parade, including a replica of the USS Samuel R. Roberts entered by the Military Sea Services Museum.
Following the parade will be a lunch for veterans dubbed “You Served Us Now We Serve You.” That will commence at 12:30.