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BUS SERVICE: Citrus Connection Executive Director Tom Phillips briefed the agency’s board of directors that the federal government shutdown could affect bus service. Phillips noted that approximately 50 percent of the local bus agency’s funding comes from federal sources and the first of two rounds of cuts would likely come February 14th.

CITY HALL: Brian Rewis was named the assistant director for the Community and Economic Development Department.

POLK COUNTY: Lakelander Billy Townsend became the first candidate to file for a 2020 county wide election. Townsend said he wanted to make it clear he intends to seek a second term on the Polk County School Board.

WASHINGTON, D.C.: One More Child President and CEO Jerry Haag and Executive Director of Anti-Trafficking Christa Hicks were at the White House Wednesday to witness the signing of the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2017. Dedicated to fighting human sex trafficking, One More Child is a nonprofit division of Lakeland-based Florida Baptist Children’s Homes.

BARTOW: Lakeland’s Melissa Gravitt’s first day as a Circuit Judge was delayed because the state said it had not received her paperwork. The former prosecutor refiled the forms Wednesday and the state is processing the paperwork.

SCHOOLS: The Polk County School Board discussed the need to eliminate bus service for charter schools and students who live within two miles of their school. The issue is not one the board needs to vote on, but administration officials were looking for feedback.

RUM: For the fifth year, the Kiwanis Club of Lakeland is hosting the Central Florida Rum and Food Experience fundraiser. More than 30 restaurants and bars will join with 24 rum vendors at the RP Funding Center on January 12th.