News Update for 3/31/23

Activites began today for the 2023 edition of the 12 Hours of BBQ. Professional and backyard teams from the Florida BBQ Association have fired up their cookers for competition in a number of different divisions. Gates opened this morning at the Highlands County Fairgrounds.
On tap for today wil be live music, and a kids fun zone among other things.
WWOJ will be there with a live remote with Donnie Shaffer.
Tomorrow will feature a farmers market, a cornhole tournament and a car show. The BBQ Fest runs until 11:00 tonight and until 6:00 tomorrow.

Another big event is slated for tomorrow. The Miss Avon Park City of Charm pageant will be held at the Alan Jay Weildstien Center for the Performing Arts at South Florida State College. Eight young Avon Park ladies will be in the running for the 2023 Tiara.
This year’s pageant will be judged on personality, poise, sense of humor and overall appearane. The theme for this year’s pageant will be “A Royal Night at the Casino.”

The search for Charles Javarius Hipps is over. Highlands County Sheriff’s officials say the 28-year-old Hipps, also known as “CJ” turned himself in yesterday, and was booked into the Highlands County jail on counts of attempted second degree murder.
Hipps was wanted in connection with a March 20th shooting incident at “The Spot.” That’s located at the intersection of Lemon Avenue and Martin Luther King jr. Boulevard in Sebring’s Washington Heights community.
At the time the victim was transported to the hospital. There remains no word as to their condition.

Small hive beetles can be the nemesis of bees trying to make honey. So members of the Heartland Beekeepers are going to try and make it easier on their broods. The group is trying an experiment to determine what kind of beer might be the best as a beetle attractant.
Currently, they have a contest to determine what kind of beer might be best for the job. There are five choices ranging from pilsner to porter. They’ll try the different varieties to see what attracts the most pests – so they might be dealt with accordingly.
Stay tuned for the results – it may take several weeks.

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