Read It in the Morning Paper

  • Two young women who make a difference are profiled: Mandy Fulton was named a Polk Emerging Leader for her work as a United Way fund raiser and as a volunteer; Lakeland native Ashlee Wright thought she was going to be an attorney but joined the family business (parents Clint and Debra Wright were well-known educators) and founded New Beginnings High School.
  • Polk County once had eight fire towers; there are four now, and only the one along U.S. 98 north of Lakeland seems sturdy enough to remain in use much longer, Suzie Schottelkotte reports.