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Amazon's air cargo hub predicted to gross $111.7M for Lakeland

2 hours 37 min ago
Gene Conrad, director of Lakeland Linder International Airport, announced a 20-year contract with Amazon to construct a 285,000-square-foot cargo complex at the airport in May.

Amazon's air cargo hub predicted to net $111.7M for Lakeland

5 hours 30 min ago
Gene Conrad, director of Lakeland Linder International Airport, announced a 20-year contract with Amazon to construct a 285,000-square-foot cargo complex at the airport in May.

Science, math on tap for Polk school board roundtable

5 hours 33 min ago
School Board member Billy Townsend hopes to spotlight access to advanced classes for students in Polk County.

Lakeland's Moms Demand Action focused on gun safety awareness

5 hours 39 min ago
Lakeland chapter looking for members and supporters.

Jury recommends execution: Cheyanne Jessie 1st woman in Polk County history to receive death sentence

5 hours 40 min ago
Jessie, 29, can become first woman in Polk County history to receive a death sentence for the 2015 slaying of her 6-year-old daughter. She gets life for her father's murder.

Prisons provide little help to inmates released back to society; Polk Correctional a poster child for problems

5 hours 44 min ago
Arvaus Wormley of Lakeland is among nearly 22,000 inmates scheduled for release this year. A third of them are almost completely reliant upon the support of the system. In Florida, that doesn't amount to much.

Science, math on tap for school board roundtable

Sun, 07/21/2019 - 7:16pm
School Board member Billy Townsend hopes to spotlight access to advanced classes for students in Polk County.

Moms Demand Action focused on gun safety awareness

Sun, 07/21/2019 - 7:03pm
Lakeland chapter looking for members and supporters.

Moonwalker 'Buzz' Aldrin took first flights in Bartow

Sun, 07/21/2019 - 8:37am
“From West Point I went straight to flight training school at Bartow Air Force Base in Florida." — Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, Apollo 11 astronaut

New estimate puts $80M price tag on citywide broadband in Lakeland

Sun, 07/21/2019 - 8:35am
The cost projection is $30 million less than the 2016 estimate provided by Magellan Broadband, Lakeland's broadband consultant.

Polk's McLaughlin Middle School utilizing new turnaround plan

Sun, 07/21/2019 - 8:35am
Polk County Public Schools Superintendent Jacqueline Byrd tells state education board about new plan to improve McLaughlin Middle School's grade.

Prisons provide little help to inmates released back to society

Sat, 07/20/2019 - 5:06pm
LAKELAND — Arvaus Wormley stepped out of the prison transport van wearing bright red Fila sneakers, cargo shorts and a plain black T-shirt — clothing a friend had sent him.After five years of incarceration, his only other possessions were a state ID, reading glasses, some loose paperwork and $50 from the prison system on a prepaid debit card. He had a bunk at the homeless shelter but no job or permanent place to live.Wormley had originally come down to Lakeland [...]

New estimate puts $80M price tag on citywide broadband

Sat, 07/20/2019 - 4:47pm
The cost projection is $30 million less than the 2016 estimate provided by Magellan Broadband, Lakeland's broadband consultant.

McLaughlin utilizing new turnaround plan

Sat, 07/20/2019 - 4:45pm
Polk County Public Schools Superintendent Jacqueline Byrd tells state education board about new plan to improve McLaughlin Middle School's grade.

Polk City addressing Mount Olive overdevelopment

Sat, 07/20/2019 - 4:43pm
POLK CITY — Mount Olive Road in Polk City is getting crowded, but a proposed zoning change would ease future construction of new homes.The city is considering a zoning change to allow construction of 382 homes on Lake Margaret, a stone's throw from Mount Olive Baptist Church. That's 146 fewer homes than current zoning allows on the 132-acre parcel.The development — The Landings at Mt. Olive — would add to nearby construction at Fountain Park, [...]

Thousands expected for Summer Palooza 2019

Sat, 07/20/2019 - 4:42pm
Back to school bash provides free food, haircuts to needy families.

Citrus officials focus on ramped up marketing strategies

Sat, 07/20/2019 - 4:41pm
BARTOW — The Florida Citrus Department is passing the plate, or perhaps the glass, hoping people are willing to give millions of dollars to expand marketing for orange juice.That was one of the more concrete things the Florida Citrus Commission, the department's governing body, agreed to during a six-hour workshop on Wednesday. The workshop also included representatives from all the major Florida citrus industry organizations, including Florida Citrus Mutual in Bartow, the [...]

First Responders Breakfast scheduled for Aug. 10

Sat, 07/20/2019 - 4:35pm
FORT MEADE — The Fort Meade First Church of Christ will host its Annual First Responders Breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. on Aug. 10. The church is located at 215 S. Perry Ave.Active and retired first responders, in uniform or civilian attire, are welcome. The church announced there are parking spaces for patrol cars and fire trucks, all with easy exiting for emergency response.Breakfast will include [...]

Crime show features Shakespeare case

Sat, 07/20/2019 - 4:29pm
WINTER HAVEN — "Murder in The Thirst," a crime investigation show on the BET network, will air an episode Sunday at 9 p.m. covering the 2009 murder of Abraham Shakespeare.The Lakeland resident won $17 million through the Florida Lottery in 2006. Three years later, his family reported him missing.Dorice "Dee Dee" Moore was convicted in 2012 of killing Shakespeare and sentenced to life without [...]

Meet Miranda, the 1st law-enforcement therapy dog in Polk

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 3:03pm
Miranda's job is to help both victims who face trauma as well as officers who have to see tough cases. The chief said that victims of violent crimes will find Miranda a calming diversion to help relax them and ease some of the pain, which can actually help with interviews.

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