Local News 6-16-22

Looks like another hot one again today with highs into the mid and upper 90’s … after a 95 degree day yesterday, more of the same is on the way today. Stay hydrated, limit exposure to the heat and be careful.

Prepare yourself to begin hearing about the Sebring Parkway, Phase FOUR. The Highlands County Commission has started buying land for the right of way to build the next element in the Parkway system that will eventually connect Arbuckle Creek Road to the Sebring roundabout, providing a smooher connection not only out in the direction of the landfill and Lorida, but also between the Parkway and State Road 17. The first phase of those acquisitions came with a twelve acre tract secured from the Crutchfield family that’ll allow realignment of Arbuckle Creek Road and 17.

It’s no secret there’s a nursing shortage here and across the nation. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average wage for American nurses is $82,750 per year. In the state of Florida, that average drops to around $72,000. In addition to Florida nurses earning well under the national average, 4 Florida cities were mentioned in the 10 lowest-paying cities for nursing pay. Sebring topped the list compiled by Simplenursing.com with adjusted salaries up to $20,000 less than the Florida state average.

Speaking of health care, South Florida State College has announced a new addition to its course offerings in its satellite campus over in Hardee County. Beginning next term, the school will offer a two-year, 64-credit Associate in Science in Surgical Services at its Hardee Campus in Bowling Green. The program prepares the student to become a surgical technologist. Surgical technologists work with surgeons, anesthesiologists, RN’s, and other health care personnel to deliver patient care before, during, and after surgery.

The Sebring Community Redevelopment Agency Broad got some unwelcome news from developers hoping to build a new apartment complex on the site of the old Nan-Cess-O-Wee Hotel this week. Developers reported that with material price increases and credit terms tightening, the cost of the project has gone up by millions. The group asked the board for an extension of the deadline for securing the financing until August, but that request failed for lack of a motion. The board did promise not to relist or rebid the property, and was promised an update at its July meeting.

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