Read It in the Morning Paper: Ride Shares, Hispanic Heritage

  • HITCH, a ride-sharing/car-pooling app aimed at inter-city trips, debuts in Lakeland Thursday. A ride between Lakeland and Tampa or Orlando is expected to cost from $20 to $90, depending on level of service, the company’s founder says. | Ridehitch.com
  • HISPANIC HERITAGE Month is being marked in Polk County with production of a series of videos teaching youth about Hispanic heroes and achievements.
  • POLK COUNTY Commissioners gave initial approval to a budget that exceeds $2 billion for the first time. The property tax rate remains at $6.89 per $1,000 of taxable value.
  • FLORIDA POLY has received approval to house International Flavors & Fragrances as the first tenant of its campus research park. The Fortune 500 company plans to focus on research involving citrus flavors. | News release