Peace, joy and meaningfulness

Barry Friedman

Editor & Publisher

Merry Christmas. Happy Hannukah. Happy Kwanzaa. Joyful Winter Solstice.

Whatever festival (or Festivus) you observe, LkldNow wishes you peace, joy and meaningfulness.

Downtown Board Approves Design of 7-Story Oak Street Complex

The developers plan 200 apartments and townhomes surrounding a 420-space, three-level parking structure.

New Bethel AME Church Creating a Community Garden

Produce grown on-site will be used for the congregation’s much-needed food pantry.

Lakeland High School Chorus Selected to Perform at Carnegie Hall

Singers now raising funds to travel to the prestigious National Youth Festival in April.

City Commission Recommends Three Lanes for South Florida Avenue in Dixieland

Commissioner Samuel Simmons dissented in the 4-1 vote, saying opponents’ arguments were compelling.

Mutz: Lakeland Airport Focusing on Cargo Growth as Hopes for Passenger Service Fade

Amazon will add space to park two more jets and more trucks at its airport facility under an updated city lease.

Heid Receives High Rating, Contract Extended To 2027

Six School Board members rated the superintendent as highly effective and one rated him as effective.

Local Faith Leaders Form Alliance to Denounce Neo-Nazis

The statement was prompted by a gathering of Nazis demonstrating outside a Lakeland charity event that included men in drag.

Commission Set to Vote on South Florida Avenue Recommendations Monday

Planners say three lanes and wide sidewalks in Dixieland will improve safety and economic development opportunities.


Police get pay raises under new three-year union contract | The Ledger

Florida Policy Institute ranks Polk 51st of state’s 67 counties in childhood well-being, up from 55th last year | The Ledger

DeSantis appoints defeated Hillsborough judge Jared Smith, now a Lakeland resident, to new appeals court | Tampa Bay Times

Lakeland Regional had 190,581 ER visits in 2021 – second highest in U.S. | News Channel 8

Using a flight tracker as his sketch pad, Lakeland pilot draws a Christmas tree aloft | News Channel 8

Lakeland High wins the state 4S football title with a 21-14 win over Venice | Florida High School Football

Boy, 12, accidentally kills himself with a loaded gun he found at a friend’s house in Gibsonia | Fox 13 News

KidsPACK: The number of children at risk of hunger in Polk has doubled since the pandemic | News Channel 8

Bill Castle stays the course as Dreadnaughts prepare for Saturday’s rematch against Venice for the state football title | SBLive

Festive Fridays | Friday | 5-8 p.m. | Downtown Lakeland
Shops stay open late as holiday music plays on sidewalks and holiday characters stroll.

Xmas Xperience | Friday | 5-9 p.m. | Munn Park
Fredi Dance Project hosts live performances and a chance to take a photo with Santa.

Downtown Farmers Curb Market | Saturday | 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Kentucky Avenue
One hundred vendors line five city blocks with produce, crafts, plants, gourmet goodies, gifts and much more.

Merry Christmas, Lakeland. This photo by nature photographer Michelle Siefkin sends that message in a very swanderful way.

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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.