FATAL FIRE: County commissioners want details about Polk County Fire Rescue’s response to a house fire on Rockridge Road that claimed the life of a 76-year-old disabled woman awaiting rescue. ALSO: Listen to audio and read a transcript of 28 minutes of radio communications or hear the 911 call.
CORRECTION: The morning paper published a corrected article about lead testing in Polk County schools. The paper noted: “The original version of this story incorrectly compiled information on Polk County Public Schools’ lead testing program. Initial results cleared 59 school sites — 35 sites have had their lead issues remediated, initial results for five other sites are not yet available and the district is awaiting follow-up results from the final 29 school sites, according to the district.” The article contains other corrections.
SPORTS: For the eighth season in a row, the Lakeland Christian girl’s soccer team will advance to the state Final Four tournament after winning the Class 1A, Region 3 final Tuesday night 3-0 against Boca Raton’s St. John Paul II. | Meanwhile, on Friday the Lakeland High School boy’s basketball team will face Bartow High in the Class 8A, District 7 boys basketball championship. The top-seeded Lakeland team defeated Winter Haven 72-50 in the semi-finals Tuesday night.
PAUL HUGHES: Norm Small, a noted Polk County theater director, admiringly profiles the career of Lakeland’s Paul Hughes, another noted Polk County theater director.