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Some Polk County high school football games were switched to Thursday night because of weather concerns. Check game coverage in The Ledger. Lakeland scores:
- Lake Gibson 37, Kathleen 17
- Lake Region 56, Santa Fe Catholic 29
- George Jenkins 20, Fort Meade 6
The political arm of the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce has endorsed Bill Read in his bid for re-election to the Northeast seat on the Lakeland City Commission. For now, he has one opponent — patient advocate Jiwa Farrell — although qualifying for office doesn’t close until Sept. 20. More
The State Attorney’s Office has dropped all criminal charges in the cases of Courtney Taylor Irby and Joseph Irby, which gained national prominence after Courtney Irby was arrested while turning in guns she said she took from her estranged husband for self-protection. The Irbys have agreed to participate in a pretrial intervention program. New evidence suggested Courtney Irby illegally placed tracking devices in her husband’s vehicle and that cellphone tracking data contradicted several of her statements, prosecutors said. Divorce and injunction legal proceedings are pending.
ALSO: Will this case stop other abuse victims from coming forward? News Channel 8 reports.
Coming soon to the Lakeland Public Library: improv class for adults, a music listening club in partnership with the Imperial Symphony Orchestra, and a talk by author Therese Anne Fowler, known for her novels about Zelda Fitzgerald and the Vanderbilts. And available now: free little library bookmarks. More
NOAA’s Air Operations Center at Lakeland Linder International Airport, home of the Hurricane Hunters, is getting two new aircraft: a modified Gulfstream G550 for use in storm forecasting and atmospheric research, and a Beechcraft King Air 350 CER turboprop for use in flood and water supply forecasts.
The federal government wants to lease a 100,000-square-foot facility in Central Florida to house undocumented migrant children, and Lakeland is in the southwest corner of a large swath of Central Florida where the site could be placed. (The area under consideration stretches nearly to Deltona and includes Orlando, Kissimmee and parts of Leesburg.) The General Services administrative is soliciting offers for sites, and the facility could open by November 2020.
LINKS: News Channel 8 coverage | GSA Solicitation | Map | Housing Plan | Earlier: Orlando Sentinel
BROADBAND: A University of Pennsylvania professor who has studied municipal broadband says Lakeland city commissioners should ask tough, skeptical questions before deciding whether to launch a utility.
LINKS: Dr. Christopher Yoo’s study finds that most municipal broadband systems fail to make money, but the study has received ample criticism from organizations such as the Brookings Institution.
VOLUNTEERS: Tony and Melissa Lobozzo, who founded LoBo Ministries Inc., were named the Florida’s Volunteers of the Year for State Foster Care Agencies by the Florida Coalition for Children. Their agency is now finding ways to bring together siblings separated into different foster families | LoBo Ranch website
See Friday-night scores for Lakeland teams below and click here for Ledger coverage.
- Lakeland 45, Bradenton Manatee 0
- Cape Coral Oasis 17, Lakeland Christian 13
- Lake Wales 57, Kathleen 0
- George Jenkins 46, Lake Region 7
- Victory Christian 33, Frostproof 6
- Santa Fe Catholic 38, Four Corners 0
- Lake Gibson 41, Hernando 0
- Hudson 6, Tenoroc 0
- All Saints 49, Marco Island Academy 0