News Update for 5/3/19

Only one person was injured in that fire earlier this week at a propane storage facility south of Sebring. Now, members of his family have started a GoFundMe page to help defray costs for Wayne McCall. The 43-year-old McCall reportedly suffered second and third degree burns over 25% of his body.
Family members say he reportedly threw a switch that kept a large propane tank on the property from rupturing.
The GoFundMe page is listed under Wayne McCall Family Expenses.


Officials of the World Endurance Championship racing series said they loved Sebring last March. Now they have shown that – by saying they will be back next year for a reprise of Super Sebring.
Officials at the Sebring International Raceway confirmed the doubleheader weekend will return in 2020. This year’s race reportedly burst attendance and other records for the annual Race Week.
They say preparations for next year’s event already are under way.

Hundreds of people gathered on the front lawn of the Highlands County Courthouse yesterday for the 26th annual local observance of the National Day of Prayer. The record stayed intact, with no appreciable rain during the ceremonies.
Judges Peter Estrada and Angela Cowden participated as did Highlands County Supervisor of Elections Penny Ogg. There also were messages from a trio of local pastors, with music from students of the Walker Academy and St. Catherine’s Catholic School.

Following three fires in four days here in Highlands County, authorities of the Florida Forest Service are urging residents to prepare their homes in the event of a wildfire. That includes such things as a 30-foot safety zone around the house by removing such things as dead vegetation and trimming back overgrown plants.
They say dry weather will continue to increase, making wildfires and the spread of fires more likely. In all, there have been 25 wildfires recorded in Highlands County in the first four months of the year.