Read It in the Morning Paper: James Ring, Tropical Storm

  • JAMES RING — an otherwise healthy, 39-year-old business owner, Army reservist, former police sergeant and current president of the Republican Club of Lakeland — describes being “certain I was dying” of COVID-19 during a recent hospital stay. He had become less careful about wearing a mask and hadn’t taken time to get a vaccine, but now says he hopes everybody makes personal choices to do both. | Ring’s Facebook post
  • TROPICAL STORM ELSA caused little damage in Lakeland, but 1,970 Lakeland Electric customers lost power Wednesday morning and Horney Park on Poinsettia Street was flooded when a drainage pump failed.