A sculpture perched outside a new midtown apartment building is the first fruit of an effort by Platform Art to work with developers to increase public art in Lakeland.
A grieving father tells News Channel 8 his 2-year-old son’s death could have been prevented if the courts and the Florida Department of Child and Family Services had taken his warnings seriously. Jayden Hines was beaten unconscious by a man dating his mother, Lakeland police said when arresting the man. Source: News Channel 8
High winds tore off part of the roof at downtown Lakeland’s Lake Wire Inn around 11:30 a.m. Sunday as storms pelted Polk County, Fox 13 News reports. Three rooms were damaged, but nobody was injured. The station reported that a trained storm watcher said a possible tornado touched down near Southeastern University as winds in […]
The Florida Department of Transportation is investigating different scenarios to bring bus rapid transit to the U.S. 98 corridor between downtown Lakeland and Lakeland Square mall, Tampa Bay Business Journal reports. Planners have identified several potential stations and three possible service levels. Source: Tampa Bay Business Journal
Emily Colón, Lakeland’s assistant city manager, was listed among seven “women that are breaking down barriers and leading the next generation of the local government profession” by PM, the magazine of the International City/County Management Association. In the article, Cólon said working with people, even disgruntled ones, is what she loves about her job, and […]
When a teen-age Zach D’Onofrio first appeared on “American Idol” in 2018, he surprised judges with his Sinatra-style crooning. Now a Florida Southern College student, he had a new surprise for the judges when he returned Sunday night: a duet with his girlfriend. After they performed, the judges rewarded him with a ticket to advance […]
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. Source: WUSF […]
Ammie Harrison Lang passed away March 11, 2021.
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 Source: WKMG / Click Orlando
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.