Introducing LkldNow’s New Editor

Barry Friedman

Editor & Publisher

Dear readers: Ever since founding LkldNow in 2015, a personal goal of mine has been to develop the next generation of leadership so that LkldNow can continue growing and providing independent news about quality-of-life issues in Lakeland long after my eventual retirement.

I am pleased to announce that Cindy Glover has joined our leadership team as editor of LkldNow. In that role, she will oversee our news operation, supervising our reporters and also contributing her own reporting. I will move into the role of editor-at-large, remaining actively involved in LkldNow and supporting both Cindy and our executive director, Trinity Laurino, in advancing the organization.

Cindy Glover | Barry Friedman, LkldNow

Cindy, 52, has sharp journalistic instincts, leadership skills and a passion for community improvement that will keep LkldNow focused on the issues that matter most to our readers. She has a deep commitment to our non-profit mission of fostering community engagement with thoughtful, impartial news and information.

Cindy’s career path has encompassed reporting, education, digital marketing and public relations.

As a reporter, Cindy covered city government, police, courts, arts, social issues and politics, including local, congressional and presidential campaigns. She worked for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Albuquerque Journal, and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

During her 10-year stint as a high school social studies teacher, she helped thousands of teenagers understand government, economics, and how news events directly affect them. She continues to empower young people and help them navigate the transition to adulthood as a licensed foster parent and volunteer with Heartland for Children.

Her work in public relations starting in 2015 included data analysis and digital content creation that will be valuable in running a 21st-Century newsroom.

After more than two decades in South Florida, Cindy’s search for an authentic sense of community brought her and her family to Lakeland in July 2021. Prior to accepting her position at LkldNow, she spent a year serving as the community engagement coordinator for the City of Lakeland’s Community and Economic Development Department.

That role provided her with an accelerated, hands-on education about our community, its history, its challenges, and its potential. Among other things, she wrote engaging profiles of many Lakeland neighborhoods. I was impressed with the quality of her research. Her profiles uncovered new and interesting facts about neighborhoods I thought I knew a lot about.

Cindy has a thorough understanding of LkldNow’s mission and shares our passion for impartial coverage that illuminates our community. Our newsroom is in good hands.

Cleveland Heights YMCA Seeks Zoning Approval for $21 Million Expansion

The project would dramatically expand the almost 60-year-old facility and nearly double the number of children it can serve.

City Makes it Easier to Build Affordable Housing in Commercial Zones

Lakeland city commissioners voted unanimously Monday to make it easier for developers to put affordable, multifamily projects alongside warehouses and factories in commercial or light industrial areas of Lakeland.

Polk Plans to Boost Special Ed Funding by $3.1 Million

Massive infusion of resources comes after years of complaints that students were not receiving help.

Local Demand for Vasectomies Is Up, But So Are Wait Times

Lakeland has a limited number of urologists who offer the procedure, which has increased in popularity since the reversal of Roe v. Wade.

Introducing Cindy Glover, LkldNow’s New Editor

Glover will oversee our news operation. Founder Barry Friedman will remain actively involved as editor-at-large.


Texas Cattle Company reopens on Thursday following February fire | Facebook post

Habitat for Humanity, Lowe’s team up to renovate disabled veteran’s Kathleen home | The Ledger

7 Southeastern University students spent their Spring Break assisting asylum seekers south in Mexico | Border Report

Panther documentary filmmakers to field audience questions after Polk Theatre screening | The Ledger

First of six Polk County defendants convicted of felony in Jan. 6 uprising | The Ledger

Deputies tracking a murder suspect found him inside a Polk City church where Sheriff Judd was giving the sermon | News Channel 8

Chef from Lakeland struck and killed by hit-and-run driver on I-4 while motorcycling home from work | News Channel 8

The Beatles in Florida | Thursday | 7 p.m. | Branscomb Auditorium
Journalist Bob Kealing discusses his latest book, “Good Day Sunshine State, How the Beatles Rocked Florida,“ as part of Florida Southern College’s Florida Lecture Series. Free and open to the public.

Spring Break at BSP | Friday | 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Bonnet Springs Park
A week of Spring Break activities for families ends Friday with math day. Stations include the LEGO math challenge, Mathnasium Pi Day, Turn Math Into Art, WonderHere Nature Math, Bump Galletta Color by Number, Lakeland Magic Score Keepers, a free play area, and a DJ and dance zone. Free and open to the public. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Florida PolyCon | Saturday | 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. | Florida Poly
This student-run convention focuses on anime, sci-fi, horror, comics, and video games. Admission includes laserlight show afterparty from 9 p.m. to midnight. Tickets: $30; $8 for 65+ and 6-12.

Documentary: Path of the Panther | Saturday-Monday | Polk Theatre
In this film, National Geographic’s Carlton Ward, Jr. tracks the path of the Florida panther and the effort to create wildlife corridors to ensure their survival. Showings are at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday and 6:30 p.m. Monday. Saturday’s screening will be followed by a panel discussion with the film’s producers. Tickets: $5-$8. Also, Monday dinner and a movie lite tickets are available for $14.

Cookie Concert | Sunday | 1-3 p.m. | Branscomb Auditorium
The Lakeland Symphony Orchestra performs a kid-friendly concert with a pre-show “instrument petting zoo” at 1 p.m. and music at 2, and Publix Bakery cookies to enjoy at the end. Free.

The westward view from Lake Mirror’s Kryger Park one morning last week included a large lily, the Marble Arcade and the setting full moon.

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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.