- “In March, a newly hired electrical engineer discovered a major safety flaw in Unit 3, which has existed since it was commissioned in the early 1980s. In the case of a powerful enough short circuit — an event that has not occurred in decades of operation — components could fail spectacularly.” Though early indications find the problem fixable, the investigation continues.
- “Florida Southern College has added to its list of endowed teaching positions with the creation of the Dr. Sarah D. and L. Kirk McKay Jr. Endowed Chair in American History, Government and Civics.” Kerr named FSC political science professor R. Bruce Anderson as the first appointment to the chair.
- LPD officials released details about the automobile crash Wednesday that damaged the SunTrust building. “About 2 p.m. Todd Barry, 53, of Maitland, was heading south on South Florida Avenue while Sharon Spears, 70, of Lakeland, was heading east on Lemon Street. Both drivers told LPD they had a green light.”
- “The closest private well to Mosaic’s property is 3 miles from the sinkhole. All the samples have been taken from wells 3 to 5 miles west of the sinkhole, which, according to Mosaic, is the direction the aquifer flows in that area, at a rate of about one-fifth mile a month.” Mosaic reported that independent tests show those wells are within drinking water standards for radioactivity. A sinkhole opened August 27th under a gypsum stack causing a leak of 215 million gallons of contaminated wastewater into the Floridan Aquifer.
- “Relationships between police officers and minority citizens, quality of life in Polk County and job opportunities within government agencies are among the topics that will be discussed at Wednesday’s community forum.” The city-hosted community forum will be 6 to 8 p.m. at the Coleman Bush Building, 1104 Martin L. King Jr. Avenue.
- Tim Bosko, of Beef ‘O’ Brady’s fame, is set to make a go at the Cleveland Heights golf course restaurant. “Bosko’s Clubhouse Grill is scheduled to debut sometime in October. A lease was signed Sept. 23, giving the family full rule over a sprawling, 10,000-square-foot venue featuring a roomy bar sporting new flat-screen televisions, expansive main dining room and dance floor, private dining rooms and a veranda with a view of the greens and fairways.”
(Link not yet available. We’ll update when the article makes the online edition.)
- Pro Tip: It’s easy to read the local news first at the Ledger.
- Polk County gets extended early voting with 13 days starting October 24. The Lakeland voting centers are: Simpson Park Community Center at 1725 Martin Luther King Jr Avenue and the Polk County Government Center at 930 E. Parker Street. Polls are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- The deadline to register to vote is October 11th. (Polk Elections)
- Lakeland Regional staff may now use the resources of the Mayo system to get electronic consults
- A downtown auto collision left one person injured and the SunTrust building damaged.
- Two more women have come forward to accuse Anthony Conti of sexual assault
Several events this weekend feature music, and at least two performance series are kicking off:
- Contemporary Christian artist Aaron Shust plays a benefit for The Porch Light tonight
- Classical guitarist Robert Phillips opens this year’s Midday Meditations series on Friday
- Six bands take the stage at the Lakeland Rocks downtown street party promoting youth voter registration Saturday night
- The Black Honkeys and Jah Movement Reggae Band play the Grilled Cheese Festival at Munn Park Sunday
- Tampa’s Rebekkah Pulley opens this fall’s Music Munndays series.
The Lois Cowles Harrison Center for the Visual and Performing Arts is presenting their annual Faculty-Student Showcase fundraiser Thursday night at 7 p.m. All tickets are $10 and proceeds are used for scholarships presented each May.
- While Barry Friedman is attending a meeting of the Local Independent Online News Publishers, Chuck Welch again has the keys to the shop. Please leave a comment below with any complaints or corrections.
- If you log into the Southwest Florida Water Management District’s website, WaterMatters.org, change your password. The site was breached. If you use that password on other sites, change it everywhere. (Pro tip: don’t use the same password on multiple sites.) (Pro Tip Two: WaterMatters.Org automatically forwards to http://www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/ )
- Sheriff Grady Judd was accused of grandstanding by a Tampa attorney
- Anthony H. Conti Jr., 71, a Lakeland mental health professional, was arrested on two counts of a psychotherapist engaging in sex with a client. LPD is determining if there are more victims.
- The Lakeland Pigfest is moving to the Sun ‘n Fun facility for Jan. 27th and 28th, 2017. The move was to prevent conflicts with the renovations at Joker Marchant Stadium. (Please note that the new field name isn’t effective until February 9th, 2017.)
- The Florida High School Athletic Association has devised a new football playoff system that will also affect season scheduling for some teams.
Live music mixes with social activism Saturday night at Lakeland Rocks, a free outdoor concert downtown that features six bands and promotes voter registration to young adults.
The Bubble Run held on the Sun ‘n Fun campus Saturday was promoted as a competition-free, fun family event. The event website doesn’t specify who benefits but it promotes donations to Special Olympics.
The emergency physician also becomes chief medical officer for Lakeland Regional Heatlh. As an administrator, he has overseen high-tech initiatives.
Doors open at 10:30 a.m. for Hillary Clinton’s running mate’s 12:15 p.m speech at the Lakeland Center.
TREES: State road officials want to chainsaw 60 mature oaks from the sides of Florida Avenue just north of downtowns, but the city is trying to get them to remove just the five whose roots are causing problems.
FOR A DANCER: Florida Dance Theatre’s Carol Erkes has been nominated for a $50k grant.