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New Owners Plan to Transform ‘Red Door’ to ‘Peach House’

The entrepreneurs behind downtown’s Revival cocktail lounge hope to open a restaurant in the fall, but ‘there’s still a long way ahead.’

Construction Camp Teaches Skilled Trades, Personal Accountability

Lakeland Police Department’s free two-week Summer Trades Academy served 50 students in grades 8-12.

SUV Crashes Into Lakeland Home, Killing 24-Year-Old Soccer Player

The Lakeland United Football Club identified the man as player Yuri dos Santos Vasconcelos, a student-athlete from Brazil.

New Assistant City Manager Brings a Wealth of Experience to Lakeland

Government management veteran Rob Hernandez started in his new post Monday. He will earn $142,700 annually.

Gallery: Pride in the Park

Lakeland’s largest annual LGBTQ event drew a large crowd to Munn Park to celebrate; a few protesters showed up, too

Juneteenth Outdoor Activities Postponed

Heavy rains forced Juneteenth organizers to postpone June 17 outdoor festivities until next weekend. Doris Moore Bailey invited the community to attend the Corvette Car Show next weekend, June 24, beginning at 1 […]

Post Office Named After Marine Who Died in Battle

Cpl. Ronald Payne, Jr., saved his best friend before being killed in Afghanistan.

Accident on I-4 Backs up Traffic For Miles

Travelers should avoid the area of I-4 and Kathleen Road.

Juneteenth Remains a Day of Work for Lakeland Employees

At least four Polk municipalities have declared Juneteenth an official holiday. Lakeland isn’t one of them.

More Four-Way-Stop Intersections Planned For Downtown

The change from traffic lights to stop signs at seven crossings was so popular, the city is planning to add four more.


Heartland for Children seeks 60 foster homes in Polk County | ABC Action News

Twice in one week, a house at the end of Longfellow Boulevard was struck by a vehicle. The second time, an occupant died | News Channel 8

Activist Bonnie Patterson-James files to run against state Rep. Jennifer Canady as a Democrat | The Ledger

4 Rivers Smokehouse opens at Lake Miriam Crossing on Wednesday | The Ledger

Enhanced security is planned for Pride in the Park | News Channel 8

Tip jar at Mary’s Bagel Cafe funds free summer lunches for children | ABC Action News

DeSantis budget vetoes chopped $11 million for Florida Poly, $6 million for appeals court and $5 million to widen Kathleen Road | WUSF Public Media

Prosecutors seek to use new Florida law on death penalty sentencing in Lakeland quadruple murder case | News Channel 8

LPD’s Sgt. Gary Gross comes out of retirement to work solely on cold cases | News Channel 8

Finding Nemo Jr. | Lakeland Community Theatre | Friday-Sunday
Lakeland Community Theatre and The Eunice Fuller Theatre for Youth present the musical “Disneys Finding Nemo Jr.” Showtimes are Friday at 6:30 p.m., Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets: $15 adults, $12 children 12 and under.

Two Car Shows | Saturday| Lake Mirror
The Joinery, 640 E. Main St.,  hosts a monthly Cars and Coffee from 9 a.m. to  1 p.m. Nearby, the Juneteenth Corvette Car Show takes place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Lake Mirror Amphitheater; expect food, vendors, and raffles. Both events are free.

Miss Florida Scholarship Pageant | Saturday | RP Funding Center
The winner will represent Florida in the Miss America Pageant. Saturday events include prince and princess talent show at 9 a.m., teen finals at 5:30 p.m., and the Miss Florida finals at 8 p.m. Tickets. Fun fact: Miss Lakeland lives in the part of Lakeland known as Tampa.

This weathered sign has been in place for a long time at Lake Parker Park but it carries a timely message for a season when alligators can be nesting. | Barry Friedman, LkldNow

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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.