Now that the story of the Lakeland couple who took their engagement photos at Publix has gone viral — Fox News picked it up yesterday — the Tampa Bay Times has gotten the story behind the pictures. Alexandra Darch and Dylan Smith were hoping for bucolic, sunset photos at Circle B Bar Reserve, but a rainstorm washed out those plans. Photographer Jennifer Goodlet suggested a backup plan — a late-evening shoot at Oakbridge Publix, where the couple met — and all are thrilled with the results.
Brian Burns, who is known as a fierce advocate for his employees, has announced he is leaving his job as publisher of The Ledger, a position he has held since January 2017. Burns, 45, says he plans to launch a digital publishing company in the Tampa Bay area and is developing a smartphone app that can capture print images and use them to deliver enhanced information.
Elaine C. Thompson, who has been the chief executive at Lakeland Regional Health since 2010, is retiring at the end of next year and will be replaced by Danielle Drummond, currently the hospital’s executive vice president and chief operating officer. More
Three Sleepy Hill Middle School students — Ryder Walters, Michelle Berrios and Madison Dolyac — placed third nationally in the Team Engineering Challenge at the SkillsUSA Championships in Louisville, Ky.
Deputies continue investigating the suspicious death of 22-year-old Kara Fay Hanvey of Sebring, whose body was found in the median on U.S. 92 (Memorial Boulevard) near Reynolds Road Sunday morning. Her friends built a roadside memorial today and recalled the mother of two as someone who would have called them if she were in trouble.
Behr, a Lakeland resident, was honored with Florida Grower magazine’s Citrus Achievement Award at the Florida Citrus Industry Annual Conference.