News Update for 3/39/19

It appears a solid waste problem in Highlands County may be solved. For a time, the Avon Park wastewater treatment facility had not been able to accept loads from independent contractors, who said they had noplace else to go.
Reportedly, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection has given The City of Charm the green light and Avon Park City Manager David Flowers said they should able to begin accepting loads from local haulers sometime today.

Officials of the Florida Department of Health in Highlands County are responding to recent health rankings.
The University of Wisconsin and Robert Wood Johnson foundation found Highlands in the bottom half of the state on such things as Health Factors and Health Outcomes.
Calling the report a “snapshot” of Highlands’ health situation, authorities noted they were working with a number of agencies and called the system “a work in progress.”

Governor Ron DeSantis has issued an executive order that officially eliminates any last vestige if the Common Core State Standards – but how that will affect Highlands County remains unclear.
Highlands County School Board officials say that “until a developed plan is provided from the Florida Department of Education, the School Board of Highlands County will stay the course and continue to teach the Florida Standards with their adopted curriculum and instructional materials.
They say that “At this time, students will continue to be assessed on the Florida Standards Assessment” following their adopted testing calendar.

Hundreds of cars will be taking to the track at the Sebring International Raceway today for the Historic Sports Car Racing’s “Spring Fling” event. Classes range from vintage Lemans prototypes to small-bore cars.
There even are some pre-World War II vehicles slated to appear this time around. Qualifying will run in all classes today, with racing to commence tomorrow.
The HSR Spring Fling caps a month of racing events here. It winds up Sunday.

A Lake Placid trucker escaped serious injury yesterday when his big rig lost its load. Florida Highway Patrol troopers say 26-year-old Anthony Spencer was turning from State Road 70 on to State Road 72, when his trailer separated from the cab.
The trailer overturned, dumping a load of fertilizer into the intersection. Spencer wasn’t hurt – but was cited for careless driving. Traffic was snarled for a time while crews got things cleared up.