SCHOOLS: School security was among the subjects at a recent Polk County school board workshop. Awarded a $3.6 million federal grant for school security, the board will use the funds to install security and recording systems to monitor high-risk areas and feed real-time data to law enforcement. Funds will also be used to implement single-points of entry at all campuses. Fencing will be installed where needed.
8′ TALL JESUS: It’s not Cristo Redentor, but an eight-foot-tall statue of Jesus is drawing attention to Dixieland Relics. The shop owner, Karen Dasher, estimates the bronze clad statue is worth $50,000 to $70,000.
DRAINED: Lakelander Julian Cox purchased $1,100 in gift cards, only to find them worthless. Cox was a victim of “gift card draining.” Using a variety of methods, fraudsters deplete the card value before the consumer has a chance to redeem them.