News Update for 3/13/19

Highlands County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a home invasion style break-in at a home in Avon Park. Early reports indicate three armed, masked men broke into a house on Waldron Avenue in the City of Charm shortly after 11:00 last night.
Deputies say the occupants of the house fled and there were no injuries. At this point it is unclear if anything was taken. The incident remains under investigation.

A Florida Highway Patrol trooper reportedly was injured yesterday morning, when he rolled his cruiser west of Sebring. According to reports, 20-year-old Josie Wells was northbound on County Road 635 in heavy fog. Apparently, Wells drove through the T-intersection at Hammock Road.
Well’s Dodge Charger hit some utility pole guy wires then overturned. He was taken to Highlands Regional Medical Center for treatment.

The gates are open at the Sebring International Raceway and Race Week is underway. Cars, trucks, vans, campers and motor homes began pouring in this morning at 5:3O with one of the biggest early arrivals to date.
Practice sessions will be held this afternoon with the Prototype Challenge and World Endurance Championship cars to take to the track.
Last night there was a huge crowd on the Circle in downtown Sebring for the Second Annual FanFest. There was a transporter parade and appearances by some of the drivers in this year’s 12 Hours.

Members of the Sebring International Raceway’s Hall of Fame Committee took a little trip to Amelia Island this past weekend. They attended the annual Concours d’Elegance, where they handed out the annual Spirit of Sebring Award.
This year’s recipient was Preston Henn’s Swap Shop Porsche. The car was driven at Sebring by champion A.J. Foyt.

If you live in Avon Park and are missing your recycling bin, it wasn’t stolen. The city of Avon Park is winding down its recycling program by harvesting the blue and yellow carts. The regular garbage truck reportedly is being shadowed by a trailer, that picks up the bins, which are then taken for storage.
Council members hope eventually to sell them off. City Manager David Flowers said the program started last week and already a number of the bins have been picked up.