News Update for 6/10/19

An accident last night near the Sebring Regional Airport sent at least one person to the hospital. Reports are that the victim was airlifted out after a vehicle hit a tree just off Heywood Taylor Blvd about 6pm.
So far, no names or other details have been released.

Nearly 100 people showed up last night at South Florida State College for a Town Hall-style meeting hosted by commissioner Don Elwell. The session began with a budget presentation that showed the pending county budget has been set at just over $155 million dollars. It appears about a half million still needs to be trimmed to get it balanced.
Other countywide topics included the mandatory garbage collection & recycling program, the Sebring Parkway, impact fees and information technology security among other things.
At the end, Elwell announced this will be his last term as a Highlands County commissioner. In 2020, he will seek the Highlands County Clerk of Courts post.

The final of three public presentations on the Highlands County budget will be held this evening in Lake Placid. That one will commence this evening at 6:00 at the new Lake Placid Town Council chambers.

Avon Park city council members are moving toward re-instating provisions that would allow code enforcement inspections of rental properties in the City of Charm. City Attorney Gerald Buhr said he had put together a measure, based on one used in the city of Temple Terrace.
Buhr said that ordinance already had withstood a court challenge. He gave copies to council members for their review. It’s set to come up again at the next Avon Park city council meeting.

As the Sebring International Raceway looks to climb the leader board in the annual USA Today’s 10 best list as the favorite Motorsports Event in North America, the historic road course has made the top five in another poll.
Hot Cars dot com has ranked Sebring Number Four on a list of the Top Ten Racetracks in America and the United Kingdom. Most notable in their review – the bumps.
Meanwhile, the USA Today Poll continues. Sebring is still number three. Vocting can be done at or by visiting our Facebook page.

A motorist has died after crashing his minivan into a parked Road Ranger pickup truck that had stopped to help a disabled car. The crash happened Monday afternoon on Interstate 4 near Lakeland.
Florida Highway Patrol says the truck was parked on the side of the highway while the Road Ranger helped a man in a disabled sedan. Troopers say 72-year-old Joseph C. Schoenbauer Jr. rear-ended the pickup, sending it into the car.
Officials say Schoenbauer was pronounced dead at the scene. His wife, who had been in the van’s passenger seat, was hospitalized with critical injuries. The Road Ranger was treated for minor injuries, and the stranded motorist didn’t report being hurt.
Troopers didn’t immediately know why Schoenbauer veered onto the shoulder.