News Update for 7/29/19

The Mobil One 12 Hours of Sebring presented by Advance Auto Parts has been voted the Number One Motorsports Event in North America. The 12 Hours landed at the top of the USA Today’s 10 Best poll – topping such giants as the Indy 500.
Hundreds of thousands of fans took part in the month-long balloting which included NASCAR and IMSA events. Sebring International Raceway President Wayne Estes called the designation one of the greatest honors Sebring could receive.

The Avon Park city council will convene this evening for a special session. It was set last week, so council members could review figures, then set the rate for the fire assessment for the 2019-2020 fiscal year.
Vice Mayor Jim Barnard has called for a review of the city’s millage rate. At their last session, the council voted to leave it a .3 mils – or 30-cents taxation for each $1,000 of property valuation.

Units from all over the south end of Highlands County converged on a house fire last night in the Lake Placid Area. The Desoto City, Lorida, Leisure Lakes, Lake Placid and Highlands Park departments were called to the fire at the site of a tree farm on Highway 27 South shortly before 10:PM.
No injuries were reported in the blaze. No cause or dollar damage estimate has yet been released.

A two vehicle crash in Sebring yesterday sent three people to the hospital. Reportedly, the mishap occurred yesterday afternoon at the intersection of Memorial and Sunset.
Reportedly, firefighters had to extricate at least one of the victims from the wreckage.

A three-vehicle crash in Avon Park Lakes sent two to the hospital yesterday. That one occurred at the intersection of Olivia Drive and Stryker Road.
Florida Highway Patrol officials have not released any names or the accident description on either mishap.

Organizations in a couple of local communities are getting a cash infusion from Duke Energy. Nu-Hope Elder Care Services of Sebring is in line for $14,000 for a program to distribute storm kits to seniors, while Lake Wales’ Main Street Redevelopment program will get $10,000 for streetscaping.
It’s all part of some $515,000 budgeted by the Duke Energy Foundation to support community resiliency. More than 20 counties are involved in the program.