News Update for 3/14/23

Although tomorrow is the first day for track activity at the Sebing International Raceway, due to the crush of fans. officials say they will open the grounds this afternoon. That will give some of the faithful a chance to set up their tents and trailers for Race Week.

Some motor homes with reserve trackside spaces were let in this past weekend during the World Endurance Championship Prologue.
Raceway officials remind race goers that there will be no ticket sales at the front gate this year – all tickets must be purchased at Gate 3.

How much money do you think the Sebring International Raceway generates for Highlands County over the course of the year? If you said over $600 million, you’d be right. A new report issued by the Florida State University Center for Economic Forecasting and Analysis recently issued the study.
Among other things, it points to the more than 300 days of activities at the track, which involve races by various sanctioning bodies, team practice sessions and instructional weekends.
The $600 million includes direct & indirect wages, taxes, and other factors.

Today is election day in the city of Sebring. Five hopefuls are in the running for three seats on the council in the City on the Circle. In early voting, only 357 residents have cast their ballots – just over five percent of the electorate turned out.
Incumbents Lenard Carlisle and Tom Dettman are facing challengers Harrison Havery, Bobbie Smit-Powell and Josh Stewart. Polls will be open in Sebring from 7am until 7pm.

Sebring Police continue to looks for clues in connection with the shooting death of a Sebring 17-year-old. Authorities say he was killed while riding his bicycle along Grand Avenue in the Washington Heights Community.
They say it appears that the victim may have been on his way home after playing basketball at the nearby Bountiful Blessing Church when the incident occurred.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Sebring police Department.

Officials at NASGRASS have made it official, telling the City of Avon Park they are pulling out of the property they have occupied at the municipal airport there for decades.
Avon Park City Manager Mark Schrader notified the council at their meeting last night. NASGRASS officials made the announcement this past weekend, saying the hurdles thrown at them by the city of Avon Park made it impossible to continue to race on the former landfill at the airport.