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Track Municipal Run-Off Election Night Results Online

Polk County Supervisor of Elections, Lori Edwards, invites voters in the cities of Lakeland and Winter Haven to follow up-to-the-minute election night coverage at for the December 5th Municipal Run-Off Elections beginning at 7 pm. will provide continuously updated Municipal Run-Off Election night results for all Run-Off races as the polls close and votes are counted.  “We believe this is one more way we can enhance the voting experience,” said Ms. Edwards.

Results can be found at beginning at 7 pm.  For more information visit, or call the Elections Office at 863-534-5888.


Lakeland & Winter Haven Run-Off Elections next Tuesday

Polk County Supervisor of Elections Lori Edwards reminds registered voters in the cities of Lakeland & Winter Haven that there will be a run-off election on Tuesday, December 5th.

Lakeland residents will decide the outcome of the City Commission race for SW District C between Michael Dunn and Larry Durrence, and in Winter Haven, voters will choose between Steven M. Hunnicutt and James H. “JP” Powell to decide the winner in the race for City Commissioner, Seat 5.

“Polling locations will be open from 7 am until 7 pm on Municipal Run-Off Election Day, Tuesday, December 5th, stated Ms. Edwards, “and voters can confirm their polling location information and view sample ballots online at”.

For more information visit or call the Elections Office at 863-534-5888.


Saint Leo University-Lakeland Hosting Info Session Dec. 14

The public is invited to an information session for Saint Leo University’s Lakeland Education Center. The event will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, December 14, at Family Fundamentals, Learning Room 3, 1021 Lakeland Hills Blvd., Lakeland, FL 33805.

RSVP to or call (863) 337-4900.

Registration is now taking place for the Spring 1 Semester, which begins Monday, January 8, 2018. Spring 2 begins March 5, 2018.

Saint Leo University’s Lakeland Education Center provides convenient on-ground classes in the evening and on weekends to accommodate students’ busy lifestyles. A majority of the Lakeland Education Center’s students are adults, who take classes while working full-time jobs and raising families.

Saint Leo’s more than 35 education centers are held to the same rigorous academic standards as the university’s traditional on-campus programs


Cinemark at the Lakeland Square Mall Celebrates the Season

Cinemark at the Lakeland Square Mall is celebrating the season and encouraging members to catch a holiday movie thanks to the current holiday bonus.

Purchase a $35 gift card and receive a FREE $5 concessions bonus coupon. Purchase today at Cinemark Lakeland Square Mall. Even Santa and Mrs. Claus are  loving the brand new electric luxury loungers at Cinemark. Come see a holiday movie in total comfort today. For tickets and showtimes go to


Season SERVPRO® restoration specialist outlines holiday home fire prevention guidelines

The American Red Cross (ARC) cites statistics from the U.S. Fire Administration1 showing nearly 47,000 fires occur during the winter holidays, claiming more than 500 lives, causing more than 2,200 injuries, and costing $554 million in property damage.

David Touchton of SERVPRO® of Bartow/Lakeland Highlands cautions home owners to follow some important ARC guidelines for holiday decorating and entertaining to make sure that the glow in their holiday celebrations is from twinkling lights and not a costly and potentially deadly fire.

* Place Christmas trees and other holiday decorations at least three feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, portable heaters, radiators, heat vents, and candles.

* Purchase flame-retardant metallic or artificial trees. If you purchase a real tree, make sure that it has fresh, green needles that aren’t easily broken. Keep live trees as moist as possible by giving them plenty of water.

* Make sure that light strings and other holiday decorations are in good condition. Do not use anything with frayed electrical cords and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

* If you are celebrating Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, keep flammable items, including curtains and holiday decorations, at least three feet away from your candles. Place your menorah or kinara on a non-flammable surface, such as a tray lined with aluminum foil, to catch the melting candle wax.

Never leave lit candles unattended.

* Ensure all candles and smoking materials are properly extinguished after guests leave and always unplug tree and holiday lights before leaving home or going to bed.

“If, in spite of all your precautions, a fire does break out, the most important thing you can do to help save lives is to install and maintain smoke alarms throughout your property,” says Touchton. “Having a working smoke alarm reduces everyone’s chances of dying in a fire by nearly half.”1 Touchton notes that the ARC is joining with fire departments and community groups nationwide  to deliver and install a limited number of free smoke alarms in homes for those in need. Contact your local ARC chapter for more information.

The disaster response professionals at SERVPRO, a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services, witness the devastation that home fires can cause far too often. They also know that when fire causes a loss of life, there is no “remediation” possible. To keep the focus on fire prevention, rather than fire restoration, SERVPRO has teamed up with the American Red Cross by supporting the ARC Disaster Responder3 program, and in particular the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign.4 As a Disaster Responder, SERVPRO pledges dollars and support in advance to help the ARC develop and distribute educational materials and respond immediately when they are needed.

“As a SERVPRO professional, I know that even the most diligent fire prevention planning can’t prevent all home fires. That’s why fire safety planning, like installing and maintaining smoke detectors and having a family escape plan, is also important,” says Touchton. “If a fire does break out in your home this holiday season, make sure all your family members follow this life-saving advice from the ARC: Get Out, Stay Out, and Call for Help.”5

For more fire prevention and fire safety tips and information about fire and water damage restoration services, please visit For more information on SERVPRO® of Bartow/Lakeland Highlands, please contact David Touchton at (863)510-5962 or