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End of an Era: Magic Leaving Lakeland

The Orlando Magic’s G League team is heading to Kissimmee, where team officials hope to sell more tickets and be closer to Orlando.

Rochelle School of the Arts Unveils Refurbished Auditorium

The school district’s half-cent sales tax paid for the $574,000 renovation.

Lori Cunningham to Retire From School Board in Dec. 2024

Cunningham is one of the longest-serving School Board members, having held her District 2 seat for almost two decades.

Edgar Pickett, Jr., One of LPD’s First Black Officers, Dies at 95

Sgt. Pickett was a trailblazer as a detective, self-taught fingerprint amd forensics expert, and community leader.

Emergency Sewer Repairs to Close Lanes at Griffin Road and U.S. 98

The nearly $2 million project is needed to prevent possible ‘large-scale failure’ of corroded iron pipes that date to the 1980s.

City and Talbot House Explore Revising Day Center for the Homeless

Funding is uncertain for the center, which would provide an alternative to spending the day sitting in Munn Park.


FSC student has won more than $30K for ‘over the shoulder’ camera invention to make runners safer | News Channel 8

Toxic blue-green algae alert issued for Lake Hancock; public advised not to swim or boat and to keep pets away | FL Dept of Health

City closes Peterson Park boardwalk and fishing pier citing safety concerns | The Ledger

South Lakeland apartment complex hires trapper to evict more than 10,000 bats, but state laws make removal tricky | Fox 13 News

Polk educators protest new universal school voucher law and rally against bill that would undermine teachers’ unions | The Ledger

Lakeland mom wins $2 million on scratch-off lottery ticket after using life savings to help daughter beat breast cancer | WFLA

City fears Duke Energy project could harm Lakeland water supply, challenges power line permit | WFTV Orlando

Polk County again offers assistance for renters whose incomes suffered during COVID | Bay News 9

Magnify Student Art Exhibit | Thursday |5:30 to 7 p.m. | CoHatch Lakeland
Artwork by Florida Southern College students will be on display this weekend at CoHatch, the new coworking space at 211 E. Main St. There will be an opening reception this evening, however the art will be on view through Monday, April 17. Admission is free.

The Sweet Delilah Swim Club | Friday |7:30 to 9:30 p.m. | Lakeland Community Theatre
Opening night is tomorrow for this heartwarming community theater production about the steadfast friendship of five Southern women over many years. Having met on their college swim team, they set aside a long weekend every August and meet at a cottage on North Carolina’s Outer Banks to catch up, laugh, and meddle in each other’s lives. The show will run for two weekends with performances April 14, 15, 16, 21, 22 and 23. Tickets are $20-26 and can be purchased online.

3rd Annual ‘Battle of the Badges’ | Saturday |8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. | Bryant Stadium
Enjoy a day of flag football as the Lakeland Police Department, Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Winter Haven Police, Lakeland Fire Department, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and Polk County Fire Rescue battle it out in a double elimination tournament – all for a great cause. The event is a fundraiser for the Lakeland Police Athletic League. Gates open at 8 a.m. Admission is free. Parking is a $5 donation. There will be food concessions on site. 

Heartland for Children staffer Kristen Embree places pinwheels at Tigertown for the “Pinwheels in the Park” event to raise awareness of child abuse and the urgent need for more foster families in Polk County. | Briana Edwards, Heartland for Children

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Cindy Glover moved to Lakeland in 2021 after spending two decades in South Florida. Her career has included journalism, education, digital marketing and public relations. She worked for the Albuquerque Journal and South Florida Sun-Sentinel and spent a year as a community engagement coordinator for the City of Lakeland before joining LkldNow.