News Update for 12/1/22

Competition gets underway today at the Alan Jay Pistons & Props event at the Sebring International Raceway. In addition to qualifying in all classes, the BRM Endurance Challenge, the Stoner Car Care Global GT Race and Classic RS Cup will be run.
A series of sprint races will take place tonight as well – those will start at 7pm.
The props arrive tomorrow, when vintage aircraft will taxi down the back stretch and park in the paddock.
Pistons & Props will run through Sunday.

If your yard sale sign or for-sale sign has gone missing – it may have gotten tossed. Commonly known as “snipe signs, Highlands County officials remind residents, they are not permitted in the county’s rights-of-way.
County staff has ongoing maintenance projects like mowing, so any signs not removed out of the County right-of-way will be discarded.
A snipe sign is defined as a sign or poster placed on trees, fences, light posts, or utility poles, or staked into the grass, except those posted by a government or public utility.

Highlands County School officials have announced that Avon Park Middle School has been awarded this year’s Florida Department of Education’s Commissioner’s Family & Community Involvement Award.
They reportedly picked up the honor for their Career Exploration and Opportunities Program. It’s designed to provide career-readiness and employability skills to local eighth-graders.

Today is National Christmas Lights Day. Local fire officials remind residents as they decorate their homes, its a good time to investigate the strands.
If they don’t work – toss them out and get new ones. Faulty or incorrectly used Christmas lights cause 40% of Christmas tree fires. Look for frayed or cracked cords, wires poking through the insulation and sockets without bulbs. Also look for “indoor use” and “outdoor use” labels.
And remember, plugging in more than three sets of Christmas lights into a single extension cord can cause problems with overheating.
When hanging outdoor Christmas lights on your roof, don’t use nails or screws to secure the lights as they can puncture the wires, causing the lights to malfunction or, worse, shock the person installing them.
Finally, Christmas tree lights should not be left on for prolonged periods of time or overnight.
Always have working smoke alarms in your home – they give you early notification to get out!

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