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The newest group of school safety guardians

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office held a swearing-in ceremony today for our newest group of school safety guardians. Superintendent Heid and PCPS are delighted to officially welcome these brave men and women to our schools. As always, thank you to PCSO for being our partner for this vital program. Your...
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Lakeland Regional Health Update COVID-19 Numbers

As has been reported, COVID-19 cases have risen in our area, and the number of people seeking care for COVID-19 at Lakeland Regional Health’s Medical Center and Physician Practices has increased over the last month. The information below provides a snapshot of what we are experiencing at the hospital and other important information about testing, treatment, and vaccines.
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“¡Come!” (“Eat!”)

A new short film that premiered on HBO Max this month has connections to Polk County Public Schools. “¡Come!” (“Eat!”) was written by Pamela Rodriguez, a 2015 graduate of Harrison School for the Arts. It was partly filmed at North Lakeland Elementary, where Rodriguez attended school as a child. According...
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Bonnet Springs Park update

Construction is underway on our elevated Kiwanis Cares for Kids Treehouse!. The treehouse will be situated in the canopy of our old oak grove and offer a bird’s eye view of the Park. We are excited for you to explore the wildlife that will call us home. What do you...
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COVID-19 hospitalizations near-record high at Lakeland Regional Health

Polk County is seeing COVID hospitalizations near record highs with the sudden uptick in infections. Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center had 179 people hospitalized for COVID-19 as of 1 p.m. Monday, of which 11 individuals required the use of a ventilator, according to spokesperson Sandra Roddenberry. That number nears the medical center’s record high of about 190 patients reported so far during the pandemic.
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NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center update

Satellite images and radar data on this Monday afternoon indicate that shower and thunderstorm activity associated with a weak low-pressure system, located a short distance east of the southeastern Georgia coast, remains disorganized and limited in coverage. Development of this system is no longer likely before the low moves inland...
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ReEnergize Downtown: It’s On!

Introducing the City of Lakeland’s new LED light scaping district: We invite you to come to Downtown Lakeland and take a stroll beneath the crisscrossing string lights on your way to our newest cascading drip light feature hanging in Munn Park (near Main Street). The new light scaping district provides an aesthetic vibe over Kentucky & Tennessee Avenues, creating an inviting downtown space using energy-efficient lighting and innovation. City of Lakeland Parks & Recreation designed this exciting space with the support of your public power utility, My Lakeland Electric. Share your lightscape pics with us, on Facebook, in a private message, and we’ll add them to our #IAMLAKELAND album!
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Gibson family was chosen as the first Recycling Superstars!

Mr. Gibson and his wife (not pictured) were selected by our recycling truck drivers specifically because they are customers that do EVERYTHING right with their recycling! They flatten their cardboard boxes, remove all plastic bags from their recyclables, space their carts at least three feet apart, and only load their cart with acceptable materials.
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Sign Code Enforcement to Resume Starting August 1st

In March 2020, in direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on local businesses, the City Commission directed staff to relax enforcement of the City’s sign code provisions. This action was in regard to prohibited sign types such as banners, pennants, streamers, and inflatables. Since that time, signs...
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Weather July 28, 2021

Invest 90L will drift into the Florida, Georgia border today and will not impact our viewing area. South to southwest wind flow is expected over the region. Typical late afternoon summer storms throughout our inland counties. Temperatures are expected to be in the low 90s, with a heat index ranging from 100 – 105F.
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Do what you can and what you enjoy

You will be most successful if you pursue a career that you are able to do. Some jobs do not mentally or physically suit our abilities. Some people find work to do but are only able to maintain their vocational effort until they are 50 or 55 years old. This is fine as many people are able to financially retire in their fifties. Jobs that require strenuous physical labor become less productive for many as they age.
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Old – Movie Review

In a twist worthy of director M. Night Shyamalan, his latest movie “Old” pulled an upset at the weekend box office, beating out “Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins” for the #1 spot. I’m glad this happened, as “Snake Eyes” was unoriginal franchise garbage that may prove detrimental to the career of likeable star Henry Golding (Grade: D). Many are saying that “Old” is also garbage, but I say at least it’s unique.
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COVID-19 in Polk County spike in July

‘Vast majority’ are those who are unvaccinated. Polk County’s new COVID cases have increased fivefold in July, skyrocketing to levels not seen since the holiday spike. Polk reported 2,514 new infections in the past week between July 16 and Thursday, according to the Florida Department of Health’s Friday report, the highest levels since early January. It marks a nearly fivefold increase within the county since the 506 cases reported the week ending July 2.
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Double rainbow over Lakeland Linder

The folks at Aero Center Lakeland caught a double rainbow over Lakeland Linder. Beautiful, right? Did you know when you get to see a double rainbow that the lower rainbow is the primary rainbow and the higher, fainter, arc is the secondary rainbow? The color sequence of the secondary rainbow is opposite to the primary; red is on the inside of the arc and violet on the outside.
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The new Krispy Kreme

Stopped in for the soft opening of the new Krispy Kreme, the official opening is Tuesday 7/27. It’s beautiful inside and out. Fast & Friendly service. Got to watch them cook and glazed the donuts.