Lakeland artist and teacher Chanique Davis has gotten national attention for the Black History Month art she creates for the door of her classroom at Lake Alfred Elementary School. This year’s installation focuses on the Afro and Historically Black Colleges and Universities, News Channel 8 reports. | Watch a LkldNow in View conversation with Davis More
At a Florida Fire Chiefs Association board meeting last month, Lakeland Fire Chief Douglas Riley asked if he could be the one to deliver the Fire Chief of the Year award to the next winner.
What he didn’t know at the time was that he would be the one selected as 2020 Florida Fire Chief of the Year. More
Leon Tucker, 46, has been named executive editor of The Ledger, the newspaper reports. Tucker, who grew up in St. Petersburg, returns to Florida and journalism after spending the last seven years practicing public relations in Delaware and Washingon, D.C. He will be the first Black top editor in the 96-year history of the Lakeland-based, Gannett-owned newspaper. | LinkedIn profile
Two Lakeland natives — Jennifer Houghton Canady and Phillip Walker — are preparing to square off in a Republican primary 18 months from now for a chance to succeed Colleen Burton in the Florida House of Representatives. More
A donation from Julie Fancelli of Lakeland funded $300,000 of the $500,000 cost for the Jan. 6 rally on the Ellipse in Washington, D.C., that preceded the assault on the U.S. Capitol, The Wall Street Journal reported today. Controversial radio host Alex Jones facilitated the donation for the rally, where then-President Trump urged supporters to march to the Capitol, The Journal reported. More
Ron Oakley started working at his family’s business when he was 13. He’s now 67 and ready to retire, so he’s closing Oakley Jewelers, the South Florida Avenue business started by his dad 74 years ago, The Ledger reports.
Scott Kelley Ernest, who lives in Lakeland, tells the Tampa Bay Times about his years as a recruiter for white nationalist groups in Montana and his journey away from the hate underground and toward counseling others who want to leave that life behind.