News Update for 9/9/21

The late Highlands County Supervisor of Elections Penny Ogg will be laid to rest today. Ogg passed away suddenly this past weekend following a brief hospital stay.
She was 49.
Services are set for 11:00 this morning at the Stephenson Nelson Funeral Home. Anticipating an overflow crowd, the services also will be available online through the Stephenson Nelson Facebook page.

Highlands County officials say a site for State Monoclonal Antibody Therapy for Coronavirus now is open here. The treatment center is located at the Sam Polston Auditorium in the Bert J. Harris Agri-Civic Center on George Blvd, south of Sebring.
It’s open from 9AM – 5 PM seven days a week, Walk-ins are welcome or appointments may be made online.
Those who qualify must have tested positive for COVID within the past ten days, and show symptoms or have recently been exposed to the Coronavirus.
Vaccination status does not matter and the taxpayer-funded treatments come at no additional cost. Those applying must be at least 12 years of age, weigh more than 88-pounds and at high risk for severe illness.

Organizers behind the Florida Medal of Honor Park are looking at moving that facility. For decades it has been located on the grounds of the Highlands Agri-Civic Center. However, those looking to expand the park have come before the Highlands County Commission, asking about a plot of land currently occupied by the Girl Scout House and an accompanying pavilion.
They say the Ag-Center property has been found to be infested with gopher tortoises – and relocating them will be costly.
A move now is on to acquire the property from the city of Sebring, with an eye toward putting the Medal of Honor Park closer to downtown Sebring.

Those chomping at the bit for lawn mower racing will have to wait another month. Officials at the Avon Park Mowerplex say due to an overabundance of caution, they are pushing off the start of the 21-22 mower racing season to the second week in October.
It’ll be a twin bill, serving as the season opener and their Halloween celebration.