ELECTIONS: Ricky Shirah, motivated in part by an insult by incumbent Jim Malless, has launched his fifth campaign for Lakeland City Commission.
THE LEDGER: The morning paper deviates from its pattern of not writing about internal issues and reports the third-degree felony arrest of its former marketing director, Nanay Pittman, on charges of defrauding the company. ALSO: LPD Facebook post
HOUSING: A $1.2 million grant will help construction of modern apartments for seniors at the 1950s-era West Lake public housing complex.
SCHOOLS: Three Lakeland elementary schools — Crystal Lake, Dixieland and Philip O’Brien — are among eight in Polk under consideration to pilot the community school concept.
CANDIDATE: Prayer inspires the candidacy of Terry Clark, who is running for the School Board seat now held by Kay Fields. Fields, also a prayer proponent, hasn’t decided whether she’ll seek re-election.
THEATER: The musical “Rock of Ages” plays at Lakeland Community Theatre this weekend and next.
ENTERTAINMENT: Executives with the venue formerly known as The Lakeland Center explain why they favor nostalgia acts over contemporary music: They can sell more tickets in this market.
UTILITY: Lakeland Electric’s leaders are looking for a new manager for the McIntosh power plant as they reorganize duties there in the wake of mechanical failures.
VOTING: City commissioners are sending a letter urging Florida’s secretary of state to resist a presidential commission’s request to turn over private voter data.
HEALTH CARE: Tops execs at Lakeland Regional Health say the GOP health care bills would curtail access to preventive care and disable the hospital’s ability to upgrade technology.
SEU: Southeastern University’s student development veep, Chris Owen, became the public face of Grady Judd’s effort to arm staff against potential active shooters when he was deputized as a “sentinel” on Monday. The other eight SEU employees who went through the training were sworn in privately to maintain anonymity, a key element of the program, according to Judd.
HOLLINGSWORTH: A quartet of articles explores Lake Hollingsworth as a popular spot for running and other activities while reviewing car/bicycle safety initiatives and the stalled effort to add public restrooms.
S. FLORIDA AVE.: The proposal to slim down Florida Avenue through Dixieland and downtown has prompted business and government leaders to plan a trip to Orlando to check out a similar project along Edgewater Drive.
CITY MANAGER: Mayor Wiggs compares Tony Delgado’s salary with administrators in similar-sized Florida cities and concludes Lakeland’s manager deserves a raise.
CHARTER: When the strong-mayor push was brewing, city commissioners appointed a group to study the city charter and recommend changes. With the strong-mayor group’s version of a new charter on the Nov. 7 ballot, commissioners decided to hold off on putting their group’s proposals to a vote on the same day. Now they’re debating whether a spring special election is needed and when a decision should be made.