DOWNTOWN VALET: Valet parking returns to downtown Lakeland — and this time it’s free and available at lunchtime Wednesday through Friday as well as Friday and Saturday evenings.

BS RANCH: Polk Planning Commission approval of new conditions for the BS Ranch waste recycling facility in east Lakeland has set the stage for a Dec. 4 decision by the County Commission on approving the business that has generated odor complaints.

FOOTBALL: Quarterfinal victories for Lakeland (43-7 over Wiregrass) and Kathleen (13-6 over Harmony) brings the hometown rivals together next week in the state semifinals. A 13-10 loss to Tampa Catholic edged Lakeland Christian out of the playoffs.

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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.

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