A lengthy profile traces the 90-year-old patriarch’s path from rural childhood to Navy and college days to opening a Memorial Boulevard tire store and finally to a real estate career pioneering Lakeland’s warehousing boom.
The head of UF’s Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences writes in The Orlando Sentinel that one of his master’s students, Santa Fe High grad Sean Kryger, is training testers to grade hops by smell as part of an effort to develop a new Florida crop to serve the state’s beer industry.
The Kmart at 4717 S. Florida Ave. was on a list released today of 43 Sears and Kmart stores slated to close by October. The troubled chain has announced several rounds of closings this year totaling more than 300 stores. A manager at the Lakeland store told The Ledger he wasn’t authorized to answer questions such as how many people work there.