Daily Amtrak service on the Silver Star and Silver Meteor returns to Lakeland and Tampa on June 7 after being cut to three days a week last year as the pandemic reduced riders and revenue, WUSF News reports. Amtrak is receiving new funding via the American Rescue Plan passed by Congress this week.
A Nashville-New York-London music technology company headed by Lakeland native Deborah Fairchild prospered during the pandemic by pivoting toward collaboration, Click Orlando reports. VEVA Sound created a file-sharing tool that helps musicians record remotely from each other by managing data connecting high-quality music files. | LinkedIn profile
People eligible for COVID 19 vaccinations in Florida, including k-12 teachers of all ages, can get them without an appointment at the new federal mass vaccination site at the Tampa Greyhound Racetrack and at a temporary site in Winter Haven. More
- CHEYANNE JESSIE will likely learn this afternoon whether she will be imprisoned for life or face the death penalty for the 2015 deaths of her 6-year-old daughter and 50-year-old father in west Lakeland. (This article is restricted to Ledger subscribers.)
- RELIEF: Upper Room Church of God, 1430 Lotela Ave., will distribute two truckloads of school supplies, children’s clothing and non-perishable food to families in need at 10 a.m. Saturday. It’s first-come, first-served.
- COAL PLANT: Lakeland Electric is paying engineering firm Black & Veatch of Kansas City $150,000 to devise a plan to shut down and demolish the city’s McIntosh 3 power plant.
After fire destroyed part of a student’s home, staff from Jesse Keen Elementary assisted by removing damaged drywall, washing clothes, salvaging items and providing necessities, 10 Tampa Bay reports.
Misfortune at Florida’s largest newspaper means new business for The Ledger in Lakeland. The publisher of the Tampa Bay Times announced today it will close its St. Petersburg production facility, eliminate 150 jobs there, reduce salaries for remaining workers and transfer printing to the Lakeland newspaper’s presses.More