As many of you know, my family has experienced a devastating tragedy. We are profoundly thankful for the support we’ve felt from the Lakeland community via personal messages and response to a fund to build a memorial tribute to my late granddaughter. I’ll be away from LkldNow for the next few weeks, but I’m fortunate that Chuck Welch, founder of Lakeland’s first independent news website, will be filling in, assisted by some of our freelancers. Reader support is helping us carry on despite my absence and will help us continue to grow so that in the future we won’t be as dependent on one person.
— Barry Friedman, Editor and Publisher