PUBLIX: Sales were up at Publix Super Markets last year, and so is the stock price. Here are some numbers released Thursday: yearly sales up 13.1 percent over 2016 to $34.6 billion .. stock price up 12.3 percent to $41.40 … same store sales up 1.7 percent for the year and 3.2 percent for the quarter … fourth-quarter sales down 2.1 percent to $8.9 billion, but the company notes sales would have been up 5 percent if not compared with an extra week in 2016.

SCHOOL BOARD: The race for the seat being vacated by Hazel Sellers has a fifth candidate: Justin Martin, 35, dean of academies and acceleration at Bartow High School, its IB program and Summerlin Academy.

SENTENCED: Dustin Halstead, 25, of Lakeland, was sentenced to 11 years in state prison after being found guilty in a post-midnight hit-and-run accident that killed a road construction worker. The prosecutor said he had been bar-hopping that night.

Source: The Ledger

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Barry Friedman founded Lkldnow.com 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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