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Lakeland, FL:  The annual Veterans Day Celebration organized by the Polk County Veterans Council is scheduled for Saturday, November 5, 2011.  This year’s program will focus special recognition on the contributions black military members have made to national security and the Buffalo Soldier connection to Lakeland and Polk County.

Events will commence at 10:00 AM with a Memorial Ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park west of the Lakeland Center.  Following this ceremony the Veterans Parade will step off at 11:00 AM from the West Parking Lot of the Lakeland Center.  The Parade will conclude at Munn Park in downtown Lakeland with a Patriotic Festival featuring the Lakeland Concert Band.

Parade participants will begin forming in the Lakeland Center parking lot at 9:30 AM.  Anyone wishing to participate in the parade can contact Gary Clark at GARY@CPALLIANCE.COM.

The Patriotic Festival will feature food, music, displays and activities.  Community and veteran service organizations will be present.  Activities for children are planned.  This will be a family oriented event which will carry the theme of patriotism based on duty and honor. 

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Lakeland Police are attempting to identify the person responsible for an Aggravated Battery with a Firearm that occurred on October 21, 2011 at approximately 5:15 pm at the Chicken Shack, 813 W Memorial Blvd. Suspect entered the store and shot the store clerk in the head before fleeing from the scene. Suspect is described as a black male, 5’09” to 5’11” tall, thin build with short natural hair. Suspect has some gold teeth and a medium to dark complexion. Also attached is a composite sketch of the suspect.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to contact Crime Stoppers, 1.800.226.8477. This information is also available at





David Hall
City of Lakeland
Parks & Recreation


(October 27, 2011) – The City of Lakeland Parks & Recreation Department is proud to host the 31st Annual Snowfest at Lake Mirror on Saturday December 3, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 

This year's event will feature the traditional Snow Mountain and also a Snow Slide!  A visit from Santa Claus, children's entertainment, inflatables and food vendors will complete the day. 

Price for admission to the Snow Mountain and Snow Slide will be a donated canned food item or a $1.00 donation. All canned food items will be donated to Polk County Senior Orphans charity. Admission to the inflatables will be $1.00.

Arts & Crafts Vendors are being sought to participate in the event.  For more information, please call David Hall at (863) 834-3284.



Beginning Monday, October 31, contractors working for the city of Lakeland will be resurfacing roads in the following areas:  Hawthorne, Woodbine, Hibiscus, S Palm Dr, Brandon Rd, Woodward St, Troy Ave, skipper place and young place.

There will be no road closures, but delays can be expected.  City personnel will be on site to assist with any concerns.

For the next several weeks motorist can expect temporary lane closures and delays while city crews are restoring Lake Beulah drive to a brick street. Areas impacted will be from Lemon Street around the north side of the lake to 5 points.

City crews will be upgrading the sidewalks along both sides of Main street from Bartow hwy to fern road. Lane closures can be expected.

Contact Michael Whigham at 834-3300 with questions and continue to check this number (8 3 4 r o a d) for updated information.