News Update for 8/27/21

A new report out by the survey company Rootstock has found that the Sebring-Avon Park metro area has a below average cost of living but an above average population growth.
The analysis determined that the cost of living here was 13-percent below the national average. Between 2017 and 2020 the local population increased by 2.7 percent while the national average came to 1.3-percent. In all 250 metro areas were surveyed for the report.
Rootstock researchers found that geographic mobility in the US has been declining since 2012. They pointed to high housing and moving costs as two of the main reasons.

One person was injured and traffic was tied up for a time yesterday as the result of a two-car crash south of Sebring. The incident occurred around noontime at the intersection of Highway 27 and George Boulevard near the Agri-Civic center.
One person was taken to a local hospital as a result of the mishap.

When it comes to early voting, those casting ballots in this year’s Avon Park municipal election will have a week before election day to get their votes cast. After talking with Highlands County Supervisor of Elections Penny Ogg, she said the six days wold be the most efficient.
The balloting will run Monday thru Saturday, October 25 thru the 30th, with election day to be November 2nd. Three seats will be up for grabs this time around.
There will be three new council members, as none of the incumbents will run again.

A new event reportedly is being planned for Sebring. The Superfood and Fun Festival has been announced for September 25 and 26 at the Highlands County Fairgrounds.
Organizers say there will be bounce houses, pony and monster truck rides, rock climbing. a magic show, live music and plenty of food.