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.