News Update for 3/15/23

They began letting fans set up at the Sebring International Raceway yesterday in preparation for this year’s Mobil One 12 Hours of Sebring.
Today action gets started early with practice and qualifying sessions. Today will see qualifying for both the Alan Jay 120 and the Porsche Carrera cup cars. World Endurance Championship cars also will be on track later this afternoon for practice runs.
This evening music will begin in the Sebring Fan Zone. A trio of shows will be presented, leading with local favorites Hard Candy.
Also this evening, raceway officials will gather to dedicate the flagpole area to Hendricks Field as a permanent park.

The city of Sebring will have two new council members. Only about 12-percent of the electorate turned out to put challengers Josh Stewart, Harrison Havery and incumbent Lenard Carlisle in office. They were the top three of five candidates running for a trio of open seats.
It was a record low turnout for the off year election. Only 793 citizens cast their ballots.

There will be no trial in the 2019 slaying of five tellers at the former Suntrust Bank midtown location in Sebring. The man accused in the indicent, Zephen Xaver yesterday pled guilty to five counts of first degree murder.
It capped a four year wait in the case. Next will be the sentencing phase. There’s no indication on when that might be.

Highlands County has lost a huge chunk of history. Citrusman and local activist Marvin Kahn has passed away, he was 89. Among other things, Kahn, a memember of the Florida Citrus Hall of Fame, was known for helping to establish the Highlands County Citrus Growers’ Association, the local 4-H program and the Florida Cracker Trail Ride.

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