Friday’s Columbus (GA) Ledger-Enquirer published a story about a Lakeland family’s trip to the town. The Colley family traveled from Lakeland to Columbus to see Scott Colley. The met the young man on the eve of his deployment to Iraq with the 13th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion’s Headquarters Company.
USF Lakeland has started a Public Relations blog! The first post concerned a Lakeland resident who stayed in town to get his degree: “Looking ahead, David Fleming sees himself completing the Ph.D. program and becoming a university professor. But no matter how far he may go from Lakeland, he’ll always be glad he stayed home to go to college.” I see he majored in psychology. I wonder if they’ll still have that degree program at USF Polytechnic?
Writer Robin Mizell published an Assignment Zero profile of Special Agent Tommy Ray, Cold Case Assessment Team Coordinator for the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, “Using the Internet, and any other tool available that facilitates information sharing, Ray, 55, puts the faces of homicide victims where people will see them and remember. And when someone does remember, he gets a call.”
“Construction on a 900-square-foot home at 821 Munn Ave. is quickly taking shape, thanks to more than 70 women who have signed on with the Lakeland Habitat for Humanity.” — Orlando Sentinel The house is part of the Women Build initiative, but anyone can help. Call 863-682-3812 for more information. (Bias Note: I’ve volunteered for Lakeland Habitat.)
No matter what they call the school, people are expecting big things from USF Polytechnic. “Most of those graduates are going to come out making $50,000 a year, when the general wage here in Polk County is $32,000. That’s a big difference right out of college,” said Laura Taylor of Lakeland’s Economic Development Council.” — MyFox TampaBay
The article continued, “The campus is expected to give Polk County a big financial boost as well. It’s expected to attract high tech firms to Lakeland which will increase it’s tax base.” That depends if they settle in Lakeland and not East of the campus. Does anyone know if the city plans to annex the campus and surrounding area?
On June 25, Nancy Elizabeth Daus Sullivan Benoit was killed by her husband, wrestler Chris Benoit. Nancy Benoit has a Lakeland connection: “She made her in-ring debut on July 7, 1984 at the Lakeland Civic Center in Lakeland, Florida for Florida Championship Wrestling.”