Read It in the Morning Paper

  • Reporter Clifford Parody explores the rise in heroin use in Polk, particularly in Lakeland, as drug users switch from pills, and a Lakeland ex-addict tells him, “I’ve seen people get shot over a dime bag.”
  • Thirty years ago, A Lakeland family’s faith led surgeon Ben Carson to perform an operation that he considered hopeless but ultimately saved a child’s life and may have influenced Carson’s presidential run.
  • Nearly 300 people attended a Lakeland Regional Health reunion for families of babies born in the neonatal intensive care unit. storygallery.
  • Begun in Lakeland, the Lakes Education/Action Drive has removed 12,000 pounds of trash from Polk lakes through volunteer power.