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LPD’s Marvin Tarver Promoted to Assistant Chief

The 52-year-old captain becomes one of three assistant chiefs just as Sammy Taylor succeeds Ruben Garcia as chief.

LPD Chief Calls in FDLE to Investigate Videotaped Arrest

Four officers are on paid administrative leave. They must be available to investigators but can’t exercise police authority.

Black Leaders to DeSantis: Reverse Decision on African-American Studies

The rally was called by the NAACP Lakeland Branch after the governor said a new AP course won’t be taught in Florida.

Conservative Group is Targeting More Public School Library Books

County Citizens Defending Freedom objects to 15 titles to be placed at two new Polk County schools.

KidsPACK Helps Feed Rising Number of Polk Students

The nonprofit organization sends students home with backpacks full of food to get them through the weekend.

Moms With Monitors Program Aims to Reduce Infant Mortality in Polk

The initiative is a joint effort by the Polk County Health Department and the League of Women Voters.

Dr. William Roth selected as Watson Clinic’s managing partner

The previous managing partner, Dr. Steven Achinger, chose not to seek the position again, a clinic spokeswoman said.

Photos and Videos: 2023 Lakeland MLK Parade

More than 100 groups participated in the annual event. The theme was preserving cultural history.


Polk State College gets $1.4 million to train more nurses | ABC Action News

Mary’s Bagel Café Opens at Florida Avenue and 8th Street | The Ledger

Southeastern University seeks talent for its new bass fishing team | Fox 13 News

Catapult entrepreneur awards go to Bill Mutz, Jeremy Brumley, Nate Kendrick, Mike Mitchell, Hunter Abramson | LALtoday

Talbot House scheduled to open 36 affordable apartments at Plateau Village in west Lakeland next month | Fox 13 News

After 30 years of homelessness, man gets a home at Gospel Village via nonprofit Worth and Purpose | ABC Action News

88 workforce apartments proposed for Neville Avenue northwest of Bonnet Springs Park | The Ledger

Photo gallery: 2023 Comic Con in Lakeland | Tom Hagerty

LHS’ Cormani McLain, nation’s top cornerback recruit, flips from Miami to Colorado | Sports Illustrated

As part of DeSantis’ war on ‘woke ideology,’ Polk State College and Florida Poly reveal their spending on diversity has accounted for 0.2% to 0.3% of their budgets | The Ledger (subscribers-only story)

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Parade participants step off from the RP Funding Center to begin their 1.25-mile course winding through the city’s streets, around Lake Mirror and back down Lemon Street. This year’s theme: “Christmas Past, Present and Future.”

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Barry Friedman

Barry Friedman founded in 2015 as the culmination of a career in print and digital journalism. Since 1982, he has used the tools of reporting, editing and content curation to help people in Lakeland understand their community better.