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The GEICO Skytypers Air Show Team, the leading vintage airshow performance squadron, will be performing at the Sun N’ Fun Holiday Flying Festival and Car Show on Friday and Saturday, December 4-5, at Lakeland Linder International Airport (900 Don Emerson Drive in Lakeland).

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Florida’s vital tourism industry could start to experience an uptick midway through 2021, although foreign travel will continue to lag for several years, according to information posted online Nov. 24 by state analysts.

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BARTOW — The Polk County School Board announced on Nov. 17 that Bartow High School’s construction academy will be named for the late Rodney Turner. The academy will be named the Rodney M. Turner School of Construction.

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LAKE WALES — The Lake Wales Public Library and Lake Wales History Museum are now both open to the public after temporarily closing their doors on March 14 to protect the health and safety of visitors, staff and volunteers due to the global pandemic.

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TALLAHASSEE — Reports sent last week to state lawmakers about three controversial toll-road projects point to a need for a deeper dive into the future traffic needs of the state.

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HAINES CITY — For the past several months, members of the Haines City Charter Review Committee have been meeting to discuss whether any changes needed to be made to the Haines City Charter.

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Central Florida Speech and Hearing Center held its “Mr. Central Florida” event Oct. 29, with Polk County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Jim Ostojic claiming the honor. According to a social media post, Ostojic raised more than $80,000, which broke all previous records.

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Polk County Public Schools and the Florida Department of Health-Polk have partnered to create a COVID-19 call center that opened Nov. 2. The call center will be open from 12:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week, except for school holidays. The phone number is 863-298-5206.

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