SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY: SEU is renaming its ministries college for Chancellor Tommy Barnett and this fall launches its School of Worship, which will prepare students to lead contemporary styles of worship and music.
“I was expecting more photographs of despair, and I didn’t see that,” said Steve Turbeville of Lighthouse Ministries. The photos, taken by 32 people from Lighthouse and Talbot House Ministries, will be displayed at the First United Methodist Church welcome center May 5-June 2.
ATTRACTING JOBS: The city of Lakeland needs to step up incentives it offers to attract companies offering high-skill, high-wage jobs if it wants to compete with Florida’s larger cities, LEDC’s Steve Scruggs tells city commissioners at a planning retreat | Examples
HOSPITAL: Lakeland Regional Health received its second straight B safety grade from the Leapfrog rating agency; the hospital has received four B scores and three A scores in the most recent ratings | Leapfrog LRH profile
ALSO: A magistrate heard from both sides about alleged BS Ranch and Farm code violations but hasn’t ruled yet | A children’s reading festival is set for Barnett Park on Saturday | Staff Sgt. Richard Caton, 34, of Lakeland is one of two Florida contenders for Army National Guard Best Warrior Soldier
Look for some triple plays this weekend: a trio of special events downtown Friday evening and a couple of indie-rock three-packs: On Friday:
- Jah Movement plays reggae and other island rhythms at Lakeland’s Green Celebration at the Lake Mirror Amphitheater.
- Across the lake, Glass House Point headlines a show at LkldLive that also showcases Spirit & the Cosmic Heart and Hoss.
- Weather for Strangers and Jason Baker entertain at the Polk Museum of Art’s third annual Art+Music event.
The other triple decker: Almondy Brown, Mr.Handsome and Laundromat play 801 E. Main Saturday night. More music after the jump.
A hearing on the county’s cease-and-desist order involving odor and BS Ranch and Farms was halted after Judge Keith Spoto determined testimony would last far longer than promised. A date for the next session is undetermined.
Listen to a panel discussion about food insecurity held this week at Florida Southern College’s Annie Pfeiffer Chapel.