Read It in the Morning Paper: Baylis Merger, Disney Goods

  • COVID: Polk County recorded 637 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, setting a new daily high for the second day in a row. The positivity rate was 16.06%. No new numbers were reported Friday.
  • BAYLIS & CO., the CPA firm co-founded by the late Edie Yates Henderson, has merged with another Lakeland company, CPS Group CPAs, PA. Anticipating her retirement, Henderson explored the partnership before her death, her son said in a news release.
  • DISNEY GOODS: Shoppers interested in memorabilia from Disney theme parks have discovered several niche marketers, including the Vault Collectibles booth at the Lakeland Antique Mall.
  • PHOTOGRAPHER David Rasdick, 21, has gone from working at a Lakeland car wash to shooting photos and videos of rappers and comedians.