News Update for 9/8/22

You may or may not have seen them, but there are sporadic reports that the fall Love Bug season may be starting. Several people have indicated they have seen the world’s most annoying couple buzzing about.
There’s no indication on how light or heavy this season’s infestation may be, however, the spring Love Bug wave generally is worse than the fall.

A new report from Filterbuy shows that when it came to employment, the Avon Park-Sebring metro area lagged behind the national averages. While there was a 5.3-percent unemployment rate across the country last year, locally, the number was set at an even six percent.
The study shows that areas that rely heavily on tourism, leisure and hospitality were more affected. The labor force also was hit when many older workers decided to leave the job force and are unlikely to return.

The Sebring Middle School was placed on a controlled campus briefly this morning as the result of an off-campus incident. Sebring police say they received a report of shots being fired in the area of Lemon Street and Martin Luther King jr. Blvd. which is within a half mile of the school.
At this time, they say there has been no indication that there was any property damage or injuries, however, the incident remains under investigation.

It will be a double-header today for the Frostproof city council. They first will hold a budget workshop this afternoon, then hold a regular council session. On the agenda will be a number of issues. One involves measures that will fix the annexations of both the Whidden Mobile Home Park and the Lakemont Ridge Home & RV Park.
The council also will look at a zoning change for a parcel off State Road 17 that will switch 5-acres from Agriculture to Residential Estate.

A driver who fell asleep at the wheel is accused of causing a crash that killed a teenager in Polk County.
FHP says a 19-year-old Orlando woman died in Tuesday’s crash on SR 400 near County Line Road. A 41-year-old Orlando man allegedly fell asleep while driving and rear-ended a pickup truck.
The car then went off the road and hit a concrete embankment. Troopers say there were four passengers in the vehicle, but the woman who was killed was the only one not wearing a seatbelt. She died at the scene, but no one else was seriously hurt. No charges have been announced.