Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried came to Lakeland Thursday to attend a pro-choice rally and show support for a 13-year-old who was detained by police after using a megaphone at a similar rally on Monday. “How can I not be here to show her support?” Fried, a Democratic candidate for governor, told Fox 13 News at a rally in front of Southgate Plaza. Crowd estimates from media organizations ranged from “more than 50” to “perhaps 300.” MORE COVERAGE: The Ledger (subscribers-only story) | Bay News 9 More
An estimated 30,000 people came to Lakeland’s Red, White & Kaboom Independence Day celebration and fireworks at Lake Mirror despite the Sunday evening rains, Fox 13 News reports. The July 3 rains have become a bit of a norm, according to city of Lakeland spokesman Kevin Cook. (There will be more fireworks in Lakeland tonight following the Lakeland Flying Tigers game at Joker Marchant Stadium.) More
Are you planning to go downtown Sunday evening for Lakeland’s annual Red, White & Kaboom Independence Day celebration and fireworks? LALtoday put together a guide to what you can expect, including a schedule, food trucks and entertainment.
Works from the most famous name in modern sculpture have taken their places inside the exhibit halls of the Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College, waiting for the public to view them starting on Saturday when the doors open at 10 a.m. More
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. More
After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Polk Pride Week is back for its sixth year with a theme of “Prouder than Ever” and events spanning June 11 to June 18. More
Balloon pilots will take the place of jet pilots to demonstrate their skills this weekend in the skies over Sun ‘n Fun. The three-day Up Up and Away Hot Air Balloon and Music Festival opens Friday and continues through Sunday on the Sun ‘n Fun Expo campus located on the south side of Lakeland Linder International Airport. More
- Rain and win forced the cancellation of Thursday’s air show at the Sun ’n Fun Aerospace Expo, WFLA reported. Expo organizers are making it up to visitors who missed the show by honoring Thursday admissions today; either show your wristband or take your receipt to the box office.
- The USAF Thunderbirds are honoring Lakeland Police Sgt. Chad Mumbauer with a “hometown hero” ride, ABC Action News reports. The head of LPD’s SWAT team has survived brain cancer through two surgeries and chemotherapy. More
Today’s MLB Spring Training finale in Lakeland has been cancelled. The 1:05 p.m. game at Joker Marchant Stadium was cancelled in a mutual decision by the Detroit Tigers and Baltimore Orioles because of a lack of available pitchers. Those who purchased tickets via the Tigers will be refunded. (Call the box office at 863-686-8075 or email [email protected] to learn more.) People who bought tickets through a secondary website such as StubHub should call that vendor, the teams said in a news release.