News Update for 3/18/21

It’s Thursday of Race Week with practice and qualifying sessions as well as races set for today. The MX-5 and Porsche Carerra Cup will have qualifying sessions and races today. The Alan Jay 120 Endurance race cars will set their field today with their 4-hour affair set for tomorrow.
WeatherTech Sports Car Championship cars will get their first practice laps at the Sebring International Raceway today, including the very popular night practice – that will kick off at 7:30 tonight.

Apex at Seven – the restaurant facility at the Sebring Raceway Hotel, has reeled in a number one ranking. They have been named the top restaurant of 89 in the Sebring area, on the prestigious TripAdvisor website.
Nearly 94-percent of the responders ranked the bar and food service as “excellent” in their reviews. It’s the second anniversary for the facility since converting from the Chateau Elan in 2019.

Highlands County officials are reminding residents, that if they received their first dose of the Coronavirus vaccine on or before Feb. 13 at the County’s Lakeshore Mall Point of Distribution – and have not received an appointment for a second shot, they may come to the POD today between 8-11 a.m.
If those residents are not able to come in today they have another opportunity tomorrow or Saturday between 8-11 am.
Residents must bring their photo ID and vaccination card that shows Highlands County as the vaccine site, as well as a completed consent form.

Firefighters were out working during the early morning hours. Units from the city of Sebring battled the flames at a home on Fourth Street. That call came in about 4:30.
Earlier, Avon Park firefighters were called eo the Palms on Lake Tulane. Apparently they were able to keep that one contained to a single bedroom in one of the apartments there.

Hardee county has been picked for one of two new solar sites by Duke Energy Florida. The Fort Green plant is set to go in on approximately 500-acres. The 265,000 panels set to be installed are projected to produce nearly 75 megawatts of power.
The fixed-tilt racking system is designed to make energy to power more than 20,000 average-sized homes at peak production.
There’s no word when work on that site will commence.