Palmer Davis, an 18-year member of the city of Lakeland legal staff with an expertise in land-use issues, was named interim city attorney today by the City Commission. More
In the 13 years it has been in business, Lakeland’s Indie Atlantic Films has carved out a niche in the video and film production industry, producing visuals for businesses, schools and colleges and nonprofit organizations. Now the company has produced its first feature-length film, a documentary that is getting some attention in the American film-festival circuit and already has won a couple of awards. More
Sherry Scott, who teaches culinary arts at George Jenkins High School, was featured on Bay News 9 as one of its A+ teachers. Her students earn certifications that make them eligible for manager-level employment at restaurants, and her rapport with students has made her an oft-requested club sponsor.
National and international publications have picked up on the story of Lakeland teen Darcy Kruger being denied entrance to the Tampa Bay Homeschool Homecoming dance because she was wearing a dressy jumpsuit instead of a dress. The Tampa Bay Times catches up with her, her mom and the event planner who wouldn’t let her into the dance.
Melissa Nichols of Kathleen, who say she spends about 12 hours a day on her smartphone, found out what it was like to curb her addiction when she spent a week using a flip phone only and won a contest sponsored by Frontier Communications. She donated her $1,000 winnings to Hurricane Dorian relief efforts in the Bahamas.
Cedric Wilson spent years on the wrong side of the law, but now owns a promotional business in North Lakeland and directs music videos, including a new version of local rapper Stephon’s “Ducking Grady” that features appearances by Polk County’s sheriff. Judd tells Bay News 9 he agreed to appear in the video because “it’s the right thing to do” and will strengthen ties between law enforcement and the community.
Jian Zhang, 31, learned discipline and customer service from his parents when he worked at their China 1 restaurant in Highland Plaza while attending Lakeland High School. In recent years, he has opened several businesses in the plaza, including Jade Fox, a full bar/dance club celebrating its first anniversary in December.
Carol Erkes didn’t imagine she would go from being a dancer to an impresario, managing an arts organization instead of creating art. “I never had any intention of getting to where we are today. It snowballed,” she said.