News Update for 2/4/22

The 2022 Highlands County Fair opens today in Sebring. The 85th annual exposition starts with Highland Radio Group Day. In addition to the Reithoffer rides ranging from the fast & furious to kiddie rides, there will be a full compliment of booths, exhibits and displays. There’s also plenty of entertainment on tap. There will be performances by the Street Drum Corps, The Wolves of the World, Scott’s World of Magic and this evening – The Junior Miss Highlands County Pageant.
The doors open at 5pm.

There was a lot of smoke around Avon Park and Sebring yesterday. Reportedly, the haze was drift smoke from a number controlled burns in the area.
Local officials say despite the smoke produced, none of the fires got out of control. More of the same is expected in coming weeks as landowners burn, to clear off their property.
Last month, there were better than a hundred controlled burns in Highlands County – which charred about 7,000 acres.

It has been more than three years since five tellers were gunned down at the SunTrust main bank branch in Sebring, now the assistant public defender assigned to the case is calling for yet another continuance.
Jane McNeil, who is representing defendant Zephen Xavier has asked that a planned May 2nd trial date be pushed back due to a personal medical issue. Prosecutors are opposing the move, saying the defense should be prepared to handle the trial.
A hearing is slated for today to rule on the matter.

The Sebring city council put off a hearing on the proposed Waterfront District Project until April, after the presenter was unable to appear due to ill health. The plan, which would demolish much of the Alan Altvader Cultral Center, has met with stiff opposition from many citizens and community leaders.
In other action, the council voted to rezone a number of parcels in the Las Palmas subdivision and inked an agreement for the IMSA Fan Fest as part of Race Week. That’ll be held on the Circle in downtown Sebring on Wednesday, March 15th.