News Update for 2/28/19

Hundeds of competitors are arriving a the Sebring International Raceway for this year’s Spring Vintage Classic. This weekend’s historic races, staged by the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association, signal the beginning of Race Month here in Highlands County. In addition to the historic racing, the Trans-Am series will be holding their season opener as well.
Saturday will feature a Cars & Caffeine Car Show. Practice will run today with racing to start tomorrow.

Hundreds of Sebring residents were without electricity and water for a time this morning due to an accident last night in the City on the Circle. Police say a car driven by Nathan Barouch slammed into a power pole shortly before 10:30 last night.
It took a while before police could clear the scene and crews could re-set the pole and find the subsequent water leak. The 21-year-old Sebring man reportedly was arrested and charged with DUI.

An Avon Park man was seriously injured yesterday afternoon when he was hit by a mail truck. Florida Highway Patrol officials say Juan Arocho Soto was in the northbound lane of Self Avenue in the City of Charm when he was hit by the vehicle.
The 59-year-old Avon Park man was taken to Lakeland Regional Medical Center. No charges have been filed in that incident.

Florida Highway Patrol troopers now have released the name of the victim killed in a Monday traffic crash. they say 53-year-old Nelson Dewitt Ross was riding his motor scooter on State Road 66 and made a U-turn in front of an oncoming semi – which then hit him.

It looks like the City of Charm is going to be cracking down on code enforcement. Avon Park city council members have OK’d an advertisement to look for a second magistrate to conduct code enforcement hearings. They hope to catch up on what new Avon Park city manager David Flowers says is a year-long backlog of cases.
In the meantime, council members asked Flowers to find out if the current magistrate could step up their schedule and convene hearings on an increased basis.