TRAFFIC INFLUX: Local agencies are preparing for heavy traffic to the RP Funding Center Saturday through Oct. 18 as people come to register for Irma food assistance.

STRONG MAYOR: In dueling guest columns, veteran politicians consider the strong-mayor issue on the Nov. 7 ballot. Paula Dockery favors a strong mayor, and Don Selvage opposes.

CANDIDATES: The four candidates for the City Commission’s Southwest seat give their views on issues.

WINN-DIXIE: The Winn-Dixie stores at U.S. 92 and Combee and on Ariana Street will become Harveys Supermarkets next month.

HEADLINES: A house fire claimed the life of a 78-year-old man, but six family members escaped | An eight-year prison sentence is expected after Anthony Conti pleaded no contest to charges he molested women clients of his mental health therapy practice.

BUSINESS: First Watch opens its first Lakeland restaurant on U.S. 98 North Monday and a second one on South Florida Avenue in November | BB&T is closing its Harden Boulevard branch.

Source: The Ledger

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