News Update for 8/25/21

After better than an hours worth of discussion hammering out terms and language of a draft agreement, a short-handed Avon Park city council voted to move ahead with a plan to lease the Avon Park Executive Airport.
Officials of Florida Airport Management have applied to take over the operation of the airfield and establish a significant hemp growing operation there. When it comes down to it, councilman Jim Barnard called for a special meeting to approve the pact.
It ultimately will need to get the OK from both the Federal Aviation Administration and the Florida Department of Transportation.

In a short, special meeting last night, the School Board of Highlands County approved a “memorandum of understanding” between the board and its unions over the treatment of the coronavirus.
The item had come before the board last week, but was stalled after questions from the public and some of the board members. The revised agreement now deals with employees affected by quarantines related to the coronavirus and provisions for working from home.
The board approved the memorandum, saying it was a “living document” and still may need to be revised.

Highlands County Sheriff’s officials continue to battle car burglaries. Reportedly, they now have arrested a California man in connection with a rash of auto break-ins. Arrested was 21-year-old Trevor James Moore.
Ironically, Moore recently had been released from a west coast prison where he had been incarcerated for first-degree burglary. He is accused of breaking into multiple vehicles on the car streets west of Sebring.
Deputies found him asleep on the lawns of a Ferrari Drive residence. Moore has been booked into the Highlands County Jail.
Sheriff’s officials urge residents to use the 9pm Routine – making sure all doors and windows in homes and vehicles are locked by 9 pm.

It appears the World Endurance Championship is returning to the 12 Hours of Sebring Race Week. The WEC event was cancelled last year when President Trump instituted a travel ban in response to the coronavirus epidemic.
The 1000 kilometer WEC race now again has been planned as part of a “Super Sebring” race week and will be the opening round of the 2022 World Endurance Challenge race calendar. It’s all slated to begin March 12 here with a test and tune session dubbed “Sebring Prologue.”