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Polk County municipal elections results

Polk County, Florida -- Here are the results of tonight's municipal elections in Polk County.


City Commission Seat 4 At Large

Patricia "Trish" Burdin-Pfeiffer 851

Gerald J. Cochran 159

Joe DeLegge 501

James L. Slaughter 100


Commissioner Seat 1

Fantasy of Flight closing to public

Polk City, Florida -- The owner of Polk County's aviation attraction Fantasy of Flight has made the decision to close its doors to the public in April.

Kermit Weeks issued a letter to employees saying a "misperception" by the public of the attraction's purpose led to his decision to move forward with his vision of what he knows it can become.

Bartow toddler run over while riding tricycle

BARTOW, FL (AP) - A 2-year-old boy is dead after a pickup truck backed over him as he rode a tricycle in a central Florida mobile home park.

Bartow police say the incident happened around 6 p.m. Monday.

According to police 53-year-old Lorenzo Jimenez-Guillen was backing out of his driveway when he hit Alex Menendez.

Police are investigating.

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Child hit by car, killed at Bartow mobile home park

Bartow, Florida -- The Bartow Police Department is investigating a fatal crash involving a two-year-old child.

Officers say the incident occurred at a mobile home park in the 1500 block of E. Georgia Street around 6 p.m.

53-year-old Lorenzo Jimenez-Guillen allegedly hit Alex Menendez while backing out of a driveway. Alex was riding his tricycle in the road at the time.

Lakeland commission discusses $130,000 PR bill

Lakeland, FL -- As promised, Lakeland's Mayor Howard Wiggs raised the topic: close to $130,000 the city has spent on a public relations firm. 

The growing price tag is for advice and strategy to handle the city's police department sex scandal.

"I would have thought maybe $5,000 to $10,000 would have been a reasonable request," said Wiggs.

"I think we should be done with their services. We have a bunch of smart, highly paid people here that can take care of that," said Commissioner Justin Troller.

Couple married 71 years die just days apart

FORT MEADE, Florida (AP) - A central Florida couple married for 71 years died just days apart.

The Ledger of Lakeland reports Arno and Myrtle Birdsong were remembered by more than 100 people who attended their funeral on Saturday at the First Church of God in Fort Meade.

The newspaper reports that 88-year-old Myrtle Birdsong died a week ago. Her 89-year-old husband Arno died two days later. Both died of heart failure.

Delay in Kissimmee River restoration causes uproar

LAKE WALES, Fla. (AP) - A delayed in a massive project to restore sections of the Kissimmee River is creating uproar from both state officials and environmental groups.
The Lakeland Ledger reported on Sunday that the delay could push completion of the project back to 2019. The project was originally scheduled for completion in 2103.
The latest snag in the project involves a land dispute between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and a West Palm Beach-based water district.