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Why do they call it that? Lakeland LIVE on the road!

Why do they call it that? Lakeland LIVE on the road!

There are some awful names Lakeland almost got stuck with -- plus a worldwide royal tale behind the city's iconic swans.

We took The Morning Show LIVE to Common Ground Park in Lakeland on Wednesday, November 10th!

Two high school drumlines, a jet-powered car, military families, a live swan, and more joined us to show off why they love living in Lakeland and Polk County.

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Why do they call it that? Publix and Winter Haven

Why do they call it that? Publix and Winter Haven

This week marks the 80th anniversary of the first Publix supermarket opening in Winter Haven. How did the supermarket get its interesting name? And how did food inspire an original, very different, name for Winter Haven?

Why do they call it Publix?

George Jenkins opened the first Publix in a storefront that's still standing across from a park in Winter Haven in 1930.

Ten years later, he closed down that store and opened something brand new. When I say brand new -- I mean something the world had never seen.

Jenkins referred to it as a "food palace," according to Shannon Patten, a spokeswoman for the Publix chain, which is now based in Lakeland.

Sheriff: identity sought for Lakeland bank robber

Lakeland, Florida - The sheriff's office released photos today of the man they are looking for in the robbery of the BB&T Bank Branch on South Florida Avenue.

Deputies say the man in the photos have a teller a note saying he was armed and wanted cash. He left with an undisclosed amount of money in a maroon Honda CRV.

He's described as a black male in his mid to late 30s, about 6' tall, heavy build, about 210-230 lbs., with bald head and unshaven face, and wearing a white multi-colored striped polo type shirt, blue jeans, and white tennis shoes.

Anyone who recognizes him is asked to contact Detective Chris Madden at 863.298.6379 or 1.800.226.0344, or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a CASH REWARD contact Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1.800.226.TIPS.

 

Concert photos: Elton John at The Lakeland Center

Concert photos: Elton John at The Lakeland Center

Elton John and Leon Russell were at it again, as the legendary "Tiny Dancer" singer shared the stage with Leon at a Florida stop of The Union Tour, and performed to an outstanding sold-out crowd at the Lakeland Center. They rocked the stage on Sunday, Nov. 21 to rave reviews.

Photo Gallery: Elton John at Lakeland Center

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Carjacking suspect arrested in Lakeland

Lakeland, Florida -- The police department has arrested Psalms Soloman Radway, 18 after they say he carjacked Jack Hickman in his driveway Tuesday night.

Police responded to the 400 block of Kalt Drive around 10 after receiving a report that Hickman was carjacked while on the phone. Hickman jumped out of the car as Radway threatened him with a knife. Radway demanded money and the car keys before driving off.

His vehicle was later recovered and Hickman was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Mulberry has water again

Mulberry, Florida - At Mulberry's only dental office Tuesday morning, no one was opening wide. With little or no water coming from the instruments, office staff had to make cancellation after cancellation.

And even when water flows again, it will have to be boiled for several days, which Dr. Masoud Farzaneh says will be as painful for his business as a toothache.

"Time is very important for a small business - especially right now - every day is important for small business," says the dentist.

Local schools were also taught a lesson in water supply. The Polk County district shipped in bottled water to the four Mulberry schools.

Sue Allums, the lunchroom manager at Purcell Elementary, learned of the potential problem last night and quickly changed the menu to PB & J sandwiches. "You try to keep items on hand in case of an emergency that you can fall back on," says Allums.

Sheriff: High school student hits, kills grandmother

Lakeland, Florida - The Polk County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of a 70-year-old Lakeland grandmother.

Investigators say a 17-year-old female Kathleen High School student was driving a 2004 Red Dodge truck northbound on Chase Road just north of Settler's Creek Drive in Lakeland early Monday morning.  The sheriff's office says she hit Francois Simon as Simon walked northbound along Chase road.

Her oldest son, James Jean-Rene says his mother had heart problems and wore a pace maker. She walked every morning to stay healthy. James says, "She's the most lovable person you can ever met that would do anything for anybody. Now I don't have a mother anymore. Somebody was being careless."