Once some of the highest electric bills in the nation, a new survey shows that residents in Sebring pay, on average, less than others in Florida on their utility bills.
The US Utilities Market Size & Household Spending report indicates those in the Sebring area pay an average of $260 per month for utilities, while the statewide average per month is $335. The National average stands at $350 per month.
The survey indicates that the cost of living in Sebring is about 30-percent below both the statewide and national averages for the 10 most common household bills.
Florida Highway Patrol troopers are working a couple of Highlands County accidents. One was on State Road 66 near Fox Road – reportedly the eastbound lane is open to traffic, the othe was at Washington Blvd NE and Humphrey Ave in Lake Placid – that scene has been cleared.
Highlands County school officials have announced that like other school systems across the state, they did receive a hoax email. Local authorities worked with the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office on the matter,
It was determined that the hoax was not a credible threat. However, out of an abundance of caution, law enforcement assessed campuses that received the email to verify that there was no threat.
It appears the email did not originate locally, and it was intended to cause disruptions to schools across Florida.
There was no danger to Highlands County schools at any time and no interruptions to the instructional day.
Highlands officials did not reveal the nature of the email or to whom it was sent.