Spelling Bee Championship on 24th

spellingbee15The Polk County School system chooses their Spelling Bee champion February 24th. Starting at 6 pm, 39 middle school students from 23 schools will compete in the McKeel Auditorium at 1810 West Parker St in Lakeland. Last student standing is the county champion. Attendance is free, but if you have more questions call 863.519.8798 for more information, but you can only ask for the definition, part of speech, or language of origin.
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Oh, say can you…

2009 April 17 #5_anthemThe Lakeland Flying Tigers and their parent club, the Detroit Tigers, are looking for a few good men and women..that can sing.

Tomorrow, from 10 am to Noon, the teams will hold auditions for singers who can perform the National Anthem acappella. (That’s singer-speak for “without a net.”)

They only have a few limited dates available, so sing your heart out. If you have any questions try to contact Dan Lauer at dan.lauer@detroittigers.com.

You’re Invited

ABWA 20th Anniversary CelebrationThe Lakeland Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association has invited Lakelanders to their Mini Business Expo on Thursday, Feb. 25, from 5:30pm – 7:30pm at the Riverside Bank 4400 South Florida Avenue. The Expo promises to focus on “all the things you need for success, health, education, family, community and happiness.” There’s no charge for the event and refreshments will be served. RSVP to monica.young@riversidenb.com

Connecting the Region Through the Movement of People

CSX Railroad Crossing LightsContinuing the discussion on transportation in the Central Florida region, q conference has been set for February 23rd. Hosted by the Central Florida Development Council, Inc. of Polk County, the conference will feature keynote speaker Pat McCrory. The former mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina was credited with spearheading a 25-year plan to expand bus and light rail in the city.

Battle Over USFP

Tomorrow, the’re fighting tooth-and-nail at the University of South Florida Polytechnic. Well, maybe circuit-and-servo. The school is the site of the 2nd Annual USF Poly RoboBattle, an event for more than 175 high-school students from Florida and South Carolina. The RoboBattle is a regional qualifying round in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science […]

Ledger Silences Polk Voice – Replaces Service with Aggregator

This evening, PolkVoice.com contributors were informed of the pending closing of their local blogging host. The service was supported by area newspaper, The Ledger and the notice was written by Ledger Managing Editor/Digital Barry Friedman and Digital Advertising Manager Scott R. Girouard. Since 2006, community bloggers, businesses, and organizations have used the free service to […]

Fools and Their Money: Brian Wesbury Edition

It’s my favorite time of the year. The Lakeland Chamber on Thursday will host its 23rd annual Economic Forecast Breakfast, in which our city’s luminaries cough up $25 a head to hear macroeconomic predictions from this guy: Back by popular demand, Brian Wesbury will offer his perspective on the national economy. Mr. Wesbury is one […]

Ah Yes, Let’s Talk About Leadership

The definitions of aristocracy, old-boys-network, and establishment are amorphous. People use those terms all the time without really assigning them meaning. But thanks to The Ledger’s new collection of cool kids, errr, emerging leaders , I’ve now found a definition: “The Ledger sought suggestions from the community and from members of a group of leaders […]