A federal grant will enable advanced instruction for elementary and middle school students.
The 52-year-old captain becomes one of three assistant chiefs just as Sammy Taylor succeeds Ruben Garcia as chief.
Justin Sharpless and Rick Nolte were sworn in to office, as Lisa Miller and Kay Fields begin their second and fifth terms respectively.
The developers tempered the plans after hearing neighbors’ objections, but some neighbors say they remain opposed. A decision is scheduled for Dec. 5.
The manufacturer is expanding capacity at its Knights Station Road plant and adding a new facility on Drane Field Road.
The Spanish company Frinsa is investing $21 million and plans to hire up to 115 people.
Wilson retired from the board after eight years; Fortney was narrowly defeated in her re-election bid.
Local students helped design the tribute to soldiers who were stationed in Lakeland in 1898.
The Congressman from Lakeland was shaped by his years as a Navy aviator
Other winners: Laurel Lee and Scott Franklin for U.S. House, Colleen Burton for Florida Senate, Martha Santiago for County Commission, John Flynn for County Judge. Polk environmental lands measure passes.