News Update for 3/5/19

Members and union representatives of the Highlands County Education Association were on the historic Circle in downtown Sebring yesterday afternoon protesting for better pay.
Union officials said they were focusing their efforts their efforts on the state legislature – saying they had promised that yesterday’s demonstration would not be focused on the local school board,
They said the idea was to show that teachers wanted better base pay and not bonuses.

As officials of the Sebring International Raceway get ready for what they believe will be a record- breaking crowd for this year’s 12 Hours, they have introduced a new way to watch the race.
Dubbed the Turn 17 Club, it is set up across from the Corvette Corral Corral on one of the bumpiest and most infamous corners on the raceway. It joins Club Sebring and Seven- The Sebring Raceway Hotel as one of the premium spots on the track.
Sunday was the ribbon-cutting for the new driveover bridge into Green Park and dozens of cars, trucks campers and vans are set up in the field across from Gate Four, awaiting next Wednesday’s opening date.

The Florida Highway Patrol held a wolfpack detail in Highlands County this past weekend. Officials say troopers issued 51 written warnings, 18 faulty equipment notices, 11 speeding tickets, one DUI and one citation for having no valid driver’s license.
The wolfpack detail ran this past Friday and Saturday.

The Florida Legislature is convening in Tallahassee for its annual 60-day lawmaking session with new presiding officers, a new governor and only one requirement: pass a state budget to fund the government. Legislators gather Tuesday to open the session but have already been meeting in committees for weeks on issues ranging from smokeable medical marijuana to enhanced environmental protections to broadened vouchers for students to attend private schools at taxpayer expense.

A Florida school board is set to decide whether to fire its superintendent over the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre. The Broward County school board is scheduled to vote on Tuesday whether to dismiss Superintendent Robert Runcie. The effort is being pushed by Lori Alhadeff, who was elected to the board after her daughter was among the 17 victims. However, she doesn’t appear to have enough votes on the nine-member board to support his firing.