Author Trent Saunders recounts stories he’s heard about smuggling onto Central Florida ranches in the 1980s. Sheriff Grady Judd vouches for the stories, saying he remembers staking out some of the deals when he was a deputy.
Gator trapper Julie Harter fried and served the reptiles she catches at a Lakeland dinner for 100 visiting electric workers helping with Hurricane Irma recovery.
Kevin Treadway, who persevered to overcome disabilities, and mother Cathy Clark, who suffers debilitating back injuries, were evicted from their Lakeland home last month. But Kevin’s scholarship to Syracuse University is giving the family a new start. “If there’s a kid that deserves to go to college, it’s him,” said Steve Morgan, Kevin’s chess coach at Crystal Lake Middle School. “Kevin was a natural gentleman. He was brilliant.”
Ridley, a 65-year-old Tampa lawyer, takes over as chairman of the Augusta National Golf Club, home of the Masters Tournament, from Billy Payne. He has “come a long way from his childhood days playing public courses in rural Lakeland and Winter Haven, Florida,” notes the Golfworld profile by my former Tampa Times colleague, Tim Rosaforte.