The first installment in a new series of short films about “changemakers” focuses on Gospel Inc’s Brian Seeley and his vision for a village of affordable micro-houses and employment for the chronically homeless.
Ra’chel Saintfort always wanted to make Lakeland proud. She always figured she would have an R&B hit that topped the charts, and she couldn’t wait to tell the world about the town she grew up in. What she didn’t suspect is that it wouldn’t be her music that brought her national attention. “Who knew it would be for fitness?” she mused.
Chris McArthur talks with The Lakelander’s Kristin Crosby and shares his journey from a 20-year-old Marine at the forefront of the invasion of Iraq to lessons he’s learned as an entrepreneur growing Black & Brew Coffee House & Bistro and Patriot Coffee Roasters. The latest issue of The Lakelander, which focuses on Business, will debut at a release party from 5:30 to 7:30 tonight at Black & Brew.
Lakeland resident Sydney Devore, a former track athlete at the University of Florida and a fourth-grade teacher at Spessard Holland Elementary School, qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials by winning a marathon in Pittsburgh, the first one she attempted.
Three Lakeland High School students traveled to Lancaster, Pa., and watched as the sculpture model they created from old window blinds and other discarded items was forged into a stainless steel tribute to lineman that will be placed at the Lakeland Electric building overlooking Lake Mirror.
“It was not easy. I mean the lake had two to three feet of mud in it. He was dead weight,” said Jonathan Turbeville. The Lakeland Water Utilities worker was honored for heroism in going into Lake Parker to rescue a man struggling 30 feet from shore.
Jonathan Turbeville, a technician with Lakeland Water Utilities, was recognized for heroism at this morning’s City Commission meeting. After a city crew spotted a man struggling in Lake Parker on March 27, Turbeville ran into the lake and pulled the man out, according to city water chief Robert Connor, right, who presented the award. Recognizing that the man was suffering from hypothermia, Turbeville found warm clothes and assisted police and emergency medical responders, Connor said, adding, “His actions were prompt, decisive and selfless to help someone who was clearly in crisis.” #lkld #heroism
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William Dread will be accompanied by a 17-year-old student who befriended him (and found an apartment for him) on the honor flight leaving Lakeland Linder Airport Wednesday morning for a visit to Washington, D.C., with other veterans.