News Update for 3/2/23

When it comes to affordable housing – a new survey shows that the Avon Park/Sebring metro area is in line with national averages. The new report by Construction Coverage – looking at the US locations investing the most in affordable housing, shows Highlands County construction comes in at an average of $230,000 per home.
That’s just a shade above the national average of $226,000 per unit. The survey also shows that the average cost of a new home here is about $395,000. The data used for the analysis comes from the US Census Bureau and Zillow.

The new Miss Avon Park pageant will be getting a shot in the arm from the city. Now branded the Miss Avon Park City of Charm Scholarship Pageant, council members voted by a 4-1 margin to donate a $500 scholarship to the winner. Organizer Kerri Bryant told the council she now has taken the reigns of the competition again, and it is being underwritten by Heartland Helping Hands.
She told the council the winner would have to serve a year before recieving the check – which would be written to a school. Councilwoman Bernice Taylor voted against the action, after being dissatisfied with some of the answers.

Preparations are underway for this year’s Super Sebring and officials at the Sebring International Raceway have announced that in addition to The Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring, the W-E-C and Michelin Cup races, there will be a slate of live music on the midway.
Scheduled for concerts are Hard Candy, Rock Town, Covered in Black, and Love Pit. Friday night will feature recording artists Corey Smith, Rachel Messer & Connor Dale. Smith was featured on Season 15 of The Voice as part of Team Blake Shelton.

It soon may be easier to find your way around South Florida State College. School officials say they have re-named the access roads at the behest of the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office.
Some of the street names include Enlightenment Circle, Integrity Street, Community Court, and Excellence Avenue. School officials say eventually, GPS systems will be enabled to direct individuals to precise building locations.

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