After a 15-minute performance, Elvis sat in an “overheated” dressing room, chatting with a reporter about his “wigglin’ and quiverin’” + his nickname, ‘Elvis the Pelvis.’ The three-part series from TV Guide Magazine is called “He Tells How the Little Wiggle Grew.”
That night, Elvis also autographed a dressing room wall, which was later damaged by flooding. The photo above is the corner of the stall where his signature was found. It has since been removed from the wall and is now being preserved for safe-keeping.
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○ To help limit the spread of COVID-19, GreenWise Market now requirescustomersto wear face coverings over their noses and mouths while inside the store. Learn more about the mandate here. 😷Ⓟ
○Lakeland Electric is providing help to customers who are having trouble paying their bills. The municipal-owned utility has offered $1.7 million in payment agreements to aid community members regarding the fiscal impact of COVID-19. (The Ledger)
○ According to data published on Tuesday, from a study on which FL counties have the highest COVID-19 deaths, Miami-DadeCounty ranked number one. However, Martin+ Manatee County ranks higher in deaths per 100,000 population. Polk County ranked number 11 on the list. (Click Orlando)
○ Voluntary Preschool, governed by the Florida Office of Learning, is currently not offering a virtual option for parents for this upcoming fall school year. Because of this, there is shown to be a 20% decrease in registration + enrollments from the same time last year in the Tampa Bay area. (News Channel 8)
○ The Polk Unites COVID-19 Relief for Polk County Residents was announced by Central Florida Healthcare as assistance for individuals who have been financially affected by COVID-19. The eligibility requirements for up to $2,000 in assistance include: having a reduction in income or experienced job loss due to the coronavirus, having not already received additional federal or county COVID-19 assistance + being a Polk County resident with a valid FL ID or driver’s license. Assistance includes help for bills, tangible resources + Publix gift cards. To make an appointment fill out an application and call 866-234-8534.
○ COVID-19 precautions are being put into place for the upcoming FL election to protect both poll workers + voters. These regulations include sanitization between voters, social distancing (which could lead to longer lines), reduced points of contact, increased hand sanitizer, smaller crowds + mask recommendations. In Polk, voters are being asked to bring their own pen, but the office will also give pens to anyone who needs one. (Bay News 9)
Hey, there. Looking for today’s #MustDo events? In accordance with the
CDC’s recommendations regarding public gatherings, we have decided to postpone public event coverage for the time being. We look forward to bringing you Lakeland’s #MustDo events soon (until then, feel free to submit your virtual events
Quoteworthy: “I love bass fishing in Florida, there is no doubt that it is the best state in the country for bass fishing. Day in day out, year in year out nothing compares to Florida. TrophyCatch put Florida back on the map as the best place to bass fish!” – Vance McCullers
The TrophyCatch program rewards anglers for their catches + gathers data that helps to influence FWC research projects.
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Biz ○ Every single carton of Minute Maidorange juice, to be sold at all McDonald’s locations(in the US + CA), will soon be made in Polk County. This is due to a $98 million expansion of Peace River Citrus Products Bartow processing plant + a renewed contract between Peace River + Coca-Cola to manufacture juice products.(Central Florida Development Council)
Lakelander ○ Lakeland resident Melynda Rinker is “going against the grain” to help local families. Melynda is baking 20-65 loaves of bread every week to give away to those in need. This philanthropist venture first started after she baked too many loaves one week + asked on Facebook if anyone wanted some. The bread is free, but donations are accepted. 🍞 (Bay News 9) Edu ○Tomorrow (Aug. 7) is the deadline to enroll children in Polk Virtual School for the upcoming school year. Parents + guardians wanting to take this education route must first withdraw their students from the traditional brick + mortar school. More information can be found here. ○ Polk County Public School students will have access to fresh drinking water at school water fountains this school year. Fountains will be disinfected more(three times a day) to protect students + staff, using a CDC-approved disinfectant. According to school officials, students can also buy bottled water during meal times + are encouraged to bring their own water bottles.
Finance ○ Swipe with style. MIDFLORIDA Credit Union members can now customizetheir debit and credit cards for $5.99. Cards can feature a personal photo (a.k.a. your dog’s face) or a selection from MIDFLORIDA’s image gallery. Find out how to order one here.💳 Ⓟ
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• “My favorite place and recommendation for oysters in Lakeland is Fish City Grill at Lakeside Village. They typically offer them year-round and offer several different kinds from different places and usually the freshest. They are usually large and very tasty!” – Reader Todd G.