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WANTED: Lakeland Bank Robber

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a bank robbery that occurred earlier. today, June 24th at the SouthState bank (4719 S, Florida Ave.) in Lakeland. At around 10:40 a.m., the man in these photos entered the bank and robbed one of the tellers. He told the teller he was armed. Once the suspect took the money, he fled the bank and was seen walking west through the Green Wise Publix parking lot and then crossing north into the Florida Technical College Parking lot. He then got into a dark colored sedan and drove away on Old Highway 37.
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Letter – Hey Mayor Mutz! Remember when you said that Lakeland could be a SANCTUARY CITY FOR THE UNBORN?! I DO!!!

If you want to hear the Mayor, in his own words, state that he is pro-life and would support Lakeland being a sanctuary city for the unborn… on the link below and LISTEN for yourself!. During the mayoral debate at Believers Fellowship, the question was asked about the...

FHP looking for vehicle that struck and killed bicyclist in Lake County

The Florida Highway Patrol is looking for a vehicle that struck and killed a bicyclist early Friday morning in Lake County. The 35-year-old Lakeland man had been southbound at 4:45 a.m. in the bicycle lane of U.S. Hwy. 27 approaching U.S. Hwy. 192 near the southern end of Lake County when a vehicle veered into the bicycle lane and struck the cyclist, knocking him from his bicycle, according to an accident report from the Florida Highway Patrol.

Lakeland Reacts to Supreme Court Abortion Ruling

As black clouds threatened rain, about 20 pro-choice protesters lined Florida Avenue in front Southgate Shopping Plaza Friday evening, hours after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down federal protections for a woman’s right to have an abortion, allowing each state to rule on the matter. Cheryl Alexander, 64, held...

Letter to the Editor – Lakeland’s Mayor Mutz makes Proclamation ON HIS OWN BEHALF!

Mayor Mutz of Lakeland, Florida said that he made the LGBTQ proclamation ON HIS OWN BEHALF, not with the City Commissioners at the beginning of June 2022. This RINO MAYOR won’t ban abortions in Lakeland nor speak about it, and take a stand for the unborn…….but…… he will stand...
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Lakeland bicyclist killed in Lake County hit-and-run, troopers say

LAKE COUNTY, Fla. – A 35-year-old Lakeland man riding a bicycle was killed early Friday morning after being struck by a vehicle on U.S. Highway 27, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The bicyclist was traveling south toward U.S. Highway 192 in the designated bicycle lane when a driver...

Osceola County Chairman Brandon Arrington to host drive-thru Summertime food distribution today June 25

With families and individuals in our community still experiencing food insecurity, non-profit organizations and local governments are continuing to come together to organize food distribution events to assist those who are in need. On Saturday, June 25th, from 10am – 12pm, Chairman of the Osceola County Board 0f County Commissioners...

$5M investment in Kissimmee medical project slated to bring 30 $55K jobs

The City of Kissimmee this week announced an approved contract with a group that will revitalize a facility on the west side of town. Tuesday, the City Commission approved the Quality Targeted Industry (QTI) Economic Development Incentives contract with Kissimmee Professional Plaza, LLC. Its $5 million investment in a long-vacant site on the northwest corner of Vine Street’s intersection with Armstrong Street, near Plaza Del Sol, will create a new medical center.

Nearly 3 dozen women compete for Miss Florida title in Lakeland

LAKELAND, Fla. - One young woman’s hopes and dreams of being crowned Miss Florida are going to culminate at the R.P. Funding Center in Lakeland this weekend. On Saturday, Tampa’s Leah Roddenberry will hand over her title to the new Miss Florida 2022. "It is bittersweet," she told...

Undercard Results from Kissimmee, Florida

Unbeaten light flyweight Angelino “Huracan” Cordova (17-0-1, 12 KOs) scored a hard-fought ten round split decision over WBA #11, WBO #13 Axel “El Mini” Vega (15-5-1, 8 KOs) in a bout for the WBO Latino 108lb strap on Friday night in the Bomba-Barriga co-feature at the Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida. The 4’10 Vega took the fight to Cordova and was ahead 97-93 on one card, however, two judges somehow saw Cordova winning 97-93 and 98-92.

With new owners, Florida Project motel dwellers must leave

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Residents at a motel along a tourist strip not far from Walt Disney World that was used as the setting for the 2017 film “The Florida Project” were told that they must vacate on short notice because the complex has been sold to another owner. Residents of the Magic Castle Inn & Suites were told last Monday that the hotel had been purchased and the new owners were forcing everyone out. Because the Magic Castle was a motel, the new owners don’t have to follow the same eviction procedures that a landlord would for removing tenants from a rental apartment.


SPCA Florida receives grant SPCA Florida was awarded an Empower Polk grant of $3,326 from the GiveWell Community Foundation for surgery tools to increase spay and neuter capacity in the Adoption Center Surgery Center. GiveWell Community Foundation’s Empower Polk grant cycle aims to help local nonprofits invest in their organization’s efficiency and sustainability. Funding from the Empower Polk grant will allow SPCA Florida to purchase of eight spay packs for the new adoption center surgery center. ...