News Update for 3/24/23

Racing starts in earnest today as the Historic Sports Car Racing season opener takes to the track at the Sebring International Raceway. Qualifying sessions will be held for USF Pro2000 and Porsche Sprint Challenge. This evening will be the SascoSports International American Challenge, The Stoner Car Care Global GT and HSR Classic RS Cup races.
It’s one of 14 ticketed events being held this year at the Sebring raceway. The Spring Fling runs through Sunday.

Firefighters were busy in Highlands County yesterday. There was a 2-3 acre brushfire in Avon Park Estates. Highlands Lakes, West Sebring, along with Avon Park City units and Florida Forest Service crews responded to the blaze.
There were no injuries reported, no structures were threatened, cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Units from West Sebring, Desoto City, Placid Lakes and Florida Forest Service crews were called to a blaze on Bridle Path, south of Sebring. Apparently, sparks from a burn barrel ignited that one.
Two outbuildings were totally destroyed. No injuries were reported.

Officials at South Florida State College have announced the short list of candidates to replace outgoing SFSC President Dr. Thomas Leitzel when he retires in June.
Among the three are Dr. Amy Bosley of Valencia College in Orlando, Dr. John M. Davis of Germanna Community College in Locust Grove, Virginia and Dr. Vicky Wood of Washington State Community College in Marietta, Ohio.
There will be community receptions for each of the candidates in April. The new SFSC president is slated to take office in July of this year.

It’s an old event, with a new name. The Mall Festival in Avon Park will be held this weekend along the mile long mall in the City of Charm. Now dubbed "Spring-A-Palooza" some 70 different booths, exhibits and displays will be open for business tomorrow and Sunday.
The event has been moved from Donaldson Park to Main street, and is described as a "Family Friendly" affair – with an inaugural "Tiny Miss Avon Park City of Charm" pageant, and live music on stage at Main Street and Lake Avenue.

An Avon Park man was involved in a crash yesterday that claimed the life of a Wauchula man in Hardee County. Florida Highway Patrol officials say the Avon Park driver was in a pickup that had stopped for a school bus on Main Street in Wauchula.
The driver of a second pickup failed to stop, and slammed into the rear the Avon Park man’s vehicle. The Wauchula man was pronounced dead at the scene.

There was a hit and run in Frostproof. Apparently, a motorist took out the lower half of a utility pole at Otto Polk Road and Highway 27. The top half of the pole apparently remained connected, but the force of the impact disrupted power as far away as Sun Ray.
So far, the motorist and the vehicle have not been located.