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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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Genius Alert: Drunk Driver Arrested After Trying to Drive Car Up Stairs of Lake Mirror Promenade in Lakeland

DUI Arrest After Man Drives Through Lake Mirror Promenade

  The video above shows the path the driver drove in the incident described below. LPD videoed this yesterday to show the distance he traveled around the lake. Thanks to the observant citizen who originally notified LakelandPD! Don’t Be Stupid, Don’t Drink & Drive Original Post via Lakeland PD: Driver Arrested After Driving on Pedestrian Walkway On June 30, 2017, at approximately 2:27 a.m., the Lakeland Police Department responded to 740 East Main Street in reference to a witness saying they observed a vehicle driving around the pedestrian walkway on Lake Mirror. This is not a designated roadway and was designed for pedestrian traffic only. The driver, Derek Whiting, 25 years old of Lakeland was driving a Volkswagon Jetta west on East Main Street approaching the intersection of Lake Avenue. Whiting traveled through the intersection, left the roadway traveling onto the sidewalk, and struck a concrete sphere at the entrance ...

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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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Spectrum / Brighthouse Customers Beware: Random Fee Inserted on Bill via Computer Glitch

Brighthouse / Spectrum Customers Beware: Random Fee Inserted on Bill via Computer Glitch

If you had Brighthouse (internet and/or cable), and you stayed with them through the switch to Spectrum, check your bills to see if you were charged a one-time connection fee of $9.99.   Here is an encounter one of our friends had with Brighthouse (now Spectrum) today when she noticed an increase on her monthly bill: “….When I called to question this, they said it was for when the technician came out. When I explained I was already with them and that no technician ever came out, he then backpedaled and said that they were charging everyone that fee since the companies switched. At that point, of course I got an attitude and told him I wasn’t going to pay some made up fee to try to make up for all the customers that were canceling, and that it sounded like stealing to me. He told me that under no ...

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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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