CANDIDATES: The Polk County Builders Association has endorsed the mayor and City Commission candidates it thinks will do the most to reign in the Community Development department: Bill Mutz, Larry Durrence, Scott Franklin and Jim Malless.

SCHOOL BAN: A parent at Lawton Chiles Middle Academy has been banned from almost all Polk School District activities. Chris Stephenson says (here and here) he’s being punished for being a whistle blower. The principal says (here) it’s because he threatened to burn the school down.

LPD VESTS: Shield the Badges, a nonprofit org, has donated 240 heavy-duty vests officers can use during active shooter situations.

Source: The Ledger

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