SALVATION ARMY: A shift in federal funding priorities has left the two-year-old George Jenkins Community of Hope transition shelter for homeless families with a $130,000 gap, so the Salvation Army is looking to the community for support. (The story appears on A1 in print, but has not been posted online yet.)
DOWNTOWN: Ellen Simms, who has been active with the Downtown Lakeland Partnership for 12 years, has resigned as the organization’s executive director effective May 31.
MURDER CASE: Jurors unanimously recommended the death penalty for Benjamin Davis Smiley Jr., who shot and killed a Lakeland man during a 2013 home invasion robbery.
SOCRUM: A historic marker honoring the Socrum community north of Lakeland will be dedicated Sunday afternoon.
Reporter Chris Guinn talked with several people who attended a workshop on two railroad overpasses proposed for downtown Lakeland and found little support. Among other concerns, critics wondered whether the number of walkers and bicyclists using the structures to bypass long trains would justify the roughly $7 million construction costs that would be paid by the state plus maintenance paid by the city.
The live music focus is on local acts, starting with tonight’s “Ladies of Lakeland II” showcase of five solo artists at The Pink Piano (video). Dan Signor‘s fans have three chances to see him this weekend (details below). And Bully For You cranks up the covers at Ybor Cigars & Spirits Saturday. More listings after the jump.
BOSKO’S: Restaurant reviewer Eric Pera is underwhelmed by the cautious approach that a pair of experienced restaurateurs bring to Bosko’s Clubhouse Grill at Cleveland Heights Golf Course but remains optimistic that it “may inded become a dining destination.”
COMING UP: Pedestrian bridges over downtown railroad tracks will be discussed at a forum at 5 p.m. today at the Peggy Brown Building | Christian comedians John Crist and Mike Williams perform at the Polk Theatre Saturday
No injuries were reported in the incident at McIntosh Unit 2, a power plant usually held in reserve for use when demand peaks.
Jacob Phillippi, 17, a student of Kathleen High School’s Sports Medicine Program, helped prevent Adam Birk, 55, from going into shock after he crashed his motorcycle.
SUPERDROMES: Reporter Chris Guinn previews plans for a manufacturing facility at Lakeland Linder Airport by Griff Aviation North America, which is affiliated with but independent from the Norwegian company that originated drones capable of lifting several hundred pounds.
TROLLER: The School Board unanimously backed a recommendation to fire Justin Troller from his job as LHS athletic director, but he remains suspended without pay pending a hearing he requested.
CANDIDATE: Jorge Fonseca is stressing education as a path toward economic development as a candidate for the southwest district seat on the City Commission. The 44-year-old chief administrative office of Romero Medical Plaza faces Michael Dunn and Larry Durrence for the seat being vacated by Don Selvage.