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2017 Best of the Best Results – Polk County’s People’s Choice Awards

2017 Best of the Best Results | Photo courtesy of Lakeland Ledger

LAKELAND, FL — During the second annual event, The Ledger announced the winners from their voting contest during a ceremony on Thursday evening Sept. 21st, 2017 at the R.P. Funding Center. We’ve all heard of the Oscars, the Grammys and the Emmys…. each award ceremony giving praise to specific genres of excellence through multiple industries and categories. The Ledger’s Best of the Best awards have made their mark as the standard of excellence in Polk County Local Business. The Ledger created Polk County’s Official People’s Choice Awards, also known as The Best of the Best, last year, in efforts to promote local businesses throughout the county. The contest allowed fans of the businesses & readers of the paper to vote for their favorites in 149 different categories under such headings as people and places, clothing and dining, home services, etc. Categories ranged from best sports bars to best roofing companies to best vetrinarians. The ...

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Ford’s Garage Gourmet Burgers Coming to Lakeland 2017

Ford's Garage Coming to Lakeland 2017

LAKELAND — Ford’s Garage, a burger and craft beer restaurant that gives you a glimpse into the classic car era of the 1920’s Model Ts is coming to Lakeland, Florida at the end of 2017. Executives of 23 Restaurant Service, the Tampa-based parent company, said the new restaurant is on track to open sometime by the end of the year. According to Chuck Barmby (Lakeland city planner), although they’re just in the initial phases of planning, the restaurant is looking into a location in Lakeland Park Center, north of Interstate 4. “We have reviewed a conceptual plan. It’s still in the due-diligence phase,” he said, and the company has not yet submitted a site plan. Licensed by Ford Motor Company to use its trademarked name, Ford’s Garage pays homage to the early days of motoring, specifically the 1920s, a period of transition that saw Ford’s Model T give way to ...

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Winter Haven native Chris Blue has won Season 12 of NBC’s “The Voice”

Winter Haven's Chris Blue wins The Voice

Winter Haven native Chris Blue has won Season 12 of NBC’s “The Voice”   Blue faced off against contestants Lauren Duski, Aliyah Moulden, and Jesse Larson in Tuesday nights’ grand finale. The Team Alicia Keys star performed an energetic cover of Janet Jackson’s “Rhythm Nation” and wow’d the crowd through his stellar vocals and exemplary dance skills. “Chris Blue has been magic since the beginning! I’m so grateful to have witnesses his unbelievable artistry week after week,” Keys posted on Instagram. Later she announced that she would be leaving the show after this season; most likely to tour. To get to the final, Chris survived 26 competitive episodes, facing the top 24 contestants; all who had surpassed thousands of people that had auditioned for the show. The four final contestants competed against each other in the finale, where the outcome is decided solely by a public vote.   With the win, Chris has received the grand prize of ...

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Hostage Situation at McDonalds in Lakeland Ends; Suspect in Custody

Hostage Situation at County Line Rd McDonalds in Lakeland - carjacking

BREAKING: Hostage Situation at McDonalds in Lakeland Ends; Suspect in Custody LAKELAND: Three males suspects were arrested following a standoff at the South Frontage Road / County Line Rd McDonald’s in Lakeland, Florida. The incident began in Brandon at about 7:30 a.m after deputies spotted the stolen car at 1608 Ladora Drive in Brandon, Hillsborough just before 7:30 a.m.  A pursuit followed and ended in Lakeland, with the suspects crashing at the South Frontage Road / Countyline McDonald’s. After crashing the vehicle, the suspects tried to carjack someone at the drive-thru window. A McDonald’s employee tried to close the window but the suspects jumped inside. Multiple law enforcement agencies and SWAT teams rushed to the scene. Both of the on and off-ramps from I-4 at County Line Road were shut down for over 3 hours. Once on the scene, deputies said one of three suspects surrendered himself, leaving two others inside. McDonald’s employees were held hostage inside ...

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Daughter of Publix founder gives $800K TO FIGHT Florida medical-marijuana amendment

Jenkins gives 800k against medical marijuana

Daughter of Publix founder gives $800K TO FIGHT Florida medical marijuana amendment Well folks, she’s back at it again. Carol Jenkins, daughter of Publix Super Markets founder George Jenkins and founder of the Carol Jenkins Barnett Family Trust, JUST CONTRIBUTED another $800,000 (yes $800 THOUSAND DOLLARS) towards the fight AGAINST the medical marijuana amendment. Now, I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty positive there are plenty of other places and things throughout our great State that could really use even a portion of that money. Earlier in 2014, her trust also contributed $540,000 to the Drug Free Florida Committee.  A contribution that actually helped them lead a successful effort that year to defeat the proposed constitutional amendment. Because of that, medical marijuana remained illegal in Florida. Now, we LOVE Publix….But Carol Jenkins needs to do some actual research and stop trying to fight against something that can help so many. Especially when she is a face ...

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The Walking Dead – Season 7 Official Trailer by AMC

The Walking Dead - Who is it

The Walking Dead – Season 7 Official Trailer by AMC We’re huge fans of The Walking Dead here at 863area, so it is only right that we post up the trailer and share one of the latest articles from our friends at Den of Geek. We also shared 3 significant posters below…. 2 characters we believe will not make it through the first episode, courtesy of Negan.  The Walking Dead Season 7 Latest News Tons of new character posters have arrived in preparation for The Walking Deadseason 7’s return this fall. They’re pretty grim looks at the characters who are still awaiting Negan to strick his killer blow in the season 7 premiere. Check them out below: (See All) It’s safe to say that fans are waiting with anticipation for the season 7 premiere of The Walking Dead. After season 6 ended with the harshest of cliffhangers, we’re all dying to ...

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