More Than a Baker’s Dozen for Week 13

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Preparing to take off at Sun 'n Fun
Saturday, April 2, 2011

Thirteen articles for week 13 of 2011 would only make sense. So, of course, we published 14.

A big change was the addition of the Lakeland Flying Tigers section on the front page. (Look just below the latest 18 articles.) The Flying Tigers are Lakeland’s only pro-team and deserve front page coverage. Don’t you agree, Ledger?

This week, the Flying Tigers landed three times on Lakeland Local: they’re playing SEU on Wednesday and Wayne Koehler returned with a 2010 season recap and the 2011 starting lineup. Tom Hagerty’s photos graced all three articles. Look for much more of their work this summer. (For those on Twitter, we’ll keep you informed game nights at @lakelandlocal.)

Baseball aside, we featured articles on: using religion to govern a court case, fashion accessories, the BackChannel crew teaming up with the True Style duo, finally getting the most out of your fitness class, and the Tennessee Carriage Lofts grand opening.

We covered Sun ‘n Fun (guide and balloon glow photos), and the Wine Festival of Central Florida.

Billy Townsend dealt a pair this week with commentary on Gov. Galt and the McDump Empire.

We republished a Chris Craig favorite, and this week look for a new column.

Not bad for an all-volunteer team of reporters and columnists. I bet legacy media would love to start one of these “hyperlocal” publications. (Actually, I’ve said for years they should. Concentrating on your hometown is the best way for newspapers to survive. I wonder if the Ledger started a hyperlocal, they’d use the word “Lakeland” in the title. Nah, it’ll probably be “Polk” something or other.)

Speaking of legacy media…here are a few Lakeland-related stories you might have missed…

Suit: Florida drivers ‘detained’ if tolls paid with big bills and Tollbooth getting a little too personal [News and Commentary from the St. Pete Times]

Census Shows More Blacks in the South are Moving to the Suburbs [South Florida Times]

Florida lawmakers push forward with plan to shift school lunches to Agriculture Department [St. Pete Times]

Retirement community gets new pastor (Florida Presbyterian Homes) [Plant City Courier&Tribune)

Commentary:

Commentary from a former Florida Governor: Florida — the sad state of our state [Bob Graham in the St. Pete Times]

A pair of commentaries from Ledger Editorial Page Editor Glenn Marston: Union Payroll Deduction Not Costly and Red-Light Cameras: Don’t Kill Law, Make It Better

And commentary from a news reporter… Another Scott Communication Failure [Lloyd Dunkelberger]

State Legislature News:

How high will Florida increase tuition? [Bradenton Herald]

No Tax Hikes Planned But Consumers to Take Wallet Hit [Gary Fineout]

Sports:

Sox’ Chris Sale is some thin special [Chicago Sun-Times on a Lakeland High School grad]

Spring training is home run for local economy [ESPNW]

Finally, some links from non-traditional media:

Florida’s First Commercial Net-Zero-Energy Building [Consulting-Specifying Engineer] (It’s the Magnify building…)

Lakeland Florida Body Shop Owner Files Suit Against State Farm [GlassBytes]

An EF-1 for LAL (AOPA Pilot Blog on how to classify what hit Lakeland Linder on Thursday)

Creative Commons License photo credit: Tom Hagerty for Lakeland Local