BRIDGES: School district officials in Portland, Ore., were unhappy when they read in The Ledger that Wes Bridges, their choice for an attorney job, pleaded no contest a public records misdemeanor violation here. Bridges has withdrawn from the job he was offered and presumably wants to remain Polk School Board attorney, setting up a fight among School Board members about whether he will stay.

FICHTER:  Circuit Judge Glenn Shelby stood by his 22-year prison sentence for former teacher Jennifer Fichter, unmoved by arguments that her sexual liaisons with three teen students were driven by emotional need, not sexual gratification.

ROSS: U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross of Lakeland and 11 others were added to Donald Trump’s transition team Tuesday.

DONATIONS SOUGHT: By Elderpoint Ministries for a portion of the cost for wheelchair-accessible vans (no article link yet) | By Bob Fahrion to provide Christmas gift bags to residents of the James A. Haley VA Nursing Home.

Source: The Ledger

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Barry Friedman founded in 2015 as the culmination of a career in print and digital journalism. Since 1982, he has used the tools of reporting, editing and content curation to help people in Lakeland understand their community better.

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