One of Deputy Grady Judd’s early arrests came the night of the sheriff’s office Christmas party in the mid-1970s, when he saved the Baby Jesus.
Author Archives: Kimberly C. Moore
Kimberly C. Moore, who grew up in Lakeland, has been a print, broadcast and multimedia journalist for more than 30 years. Before coming to LkldNow in the spring of 2022, she was a reporter for four years with The Ledger, first covering Lakeland City Hall and then Polk County schools. She is the author of “Star Crossed: The Story of Astronaut Lisa Nowak," published by University Press of Florida. Reach her at email@example.com or 863-272-9250.
Part 1: Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd Marks 50 Years in Law Enforcement
On the sweltering summer evening of July 21, 1972, a tall, skinny, 18-year-old – sporting a mustache because it “made him look older” — walked into the Bartow headquarters of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office on Broadway Avenue and started his first official night shift in the communications office, answering emergency calls for help as […]
Overall Polk Schools Grade Slips; Griffin Elementary Improves
Polk County Public Schools’ overall district grade dropped to a C this year from a B in 2018-2019, according to school grades released Thursday by the Florida Department of Education. These grades are based on the 2021-2022 academic year.
School Test Scores Show Polk Students Are Struggling
The latest Florida test scores show Polk is struggling, with students scoring below the state average.
LSO Names New Executive Director: Lakeland Native Ashley Miller
Ashley Metts Miller, a Lakeland native, has been named executive director of the Lakeland Symphony Orchestra.
Lakeland Reacts to Supreme Court Abortion Ruling
As black clouds threatened rain, about 20 pro-choice protesters lined Florida Avenue in front of Southgate Shopping Plaza Friday evening.
Polk School District Considers Hiring-Policy Changes After Scrutiny of Teacher Charged with Sexual Battery
Polk County Public Schools is proposing a major change in its hiring practices after a special education teacher and basketball coach was hired at Haines City High School more than a year after he was found not guilty of sending a sexually explicit image to and kissing a student at Poinciana High School.
Polk Schools Consider Offering More Sports, Especially for Girls
Polk County Public Schools is considering adding four sports to its lineup to stem a decline in girls sports participation.
Bonnet Springs Park Announces Opening Date: Oct. 22
Retired Lakeland Parks and Recreation Director Bill Tinsley showed off the transformation of the Bonnet Springs Park property on Thursday afternoon like a proud parent shows off a newborn baby.