Local News 10-21-22

If you’re on Verizon, you may have had problems getting through to 911 emergency services yesterday evening … it was a problem all over the state. The Sheriff’s dispatch folks want you to remember to call 402-7200, then option 1 if you EVER have that problem. Text to 911 doesn’t seem to be affected, by the way.

Quite a few things going on around town this weekend. Some, you need to pay attention to. The mega GFNY Sebring race weekend starts with the marathon and half marathon on Saturday and finishes with the cycling marathon on Sunday. The events will center on the southern part of Highlands County, down on Paso Fino Drive and is using rural roads and State Road 66. A significant number of runners and cyclists are participating, and law enforcement will be present on the roadways. Motorists should expect some delays.

Travelling through Downtown Sebring may take a wee bit of planning Sunday, but hey – you’ll want to stop with the kids anyway. The Children’s Museum of the Highlands will hold a Pumpkin Patch Party on Sunday, from noon till 5:00 PM. North Ridgewood Drive will be closed for the event, and there will be some parking restrictions within the event area.

The Red Came Support Group is running a “White Cane Awareness Day” event on the Circle tomorrow from 10am till 2pm in Downtown Sebring. Local organizations and support groups will be there to help the visually impaired, and help the rest of us understand the challenges of the visually impaired.

And a member of our work family here at the radio stations could use a hand. Ron “Rooter” Rush is finally back here in town in a local care facility after a long stint in rehab from a fluke fall that broke his neck last year. His family has started a GoFundMe campaign to find him a mobility van to help him get around and some other smaller items to make getting around possible. The GoFundMe link is found on Rooter’s Facebook page. First Southern Bank in Downtown Sebring has established a “Rooter Rush Relief” account and will accept your cash donations, or you can drop them off at the radio stations weekdays between 8am and 2pm. Rooter’s a native to Sebring, and a part of more than a little Sebring lore over the last 60 odd years. Lend a hand and give a few bucks if you can.

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