Musician Jonny Diaz Comes Home

Born and raised in Lakeland, Christian Artist Jonny Diaz is coming home this weekend to perform a free concert at TBA Church. “In my younger days, I really thought the grass would be greener and I was excited to leave Lakeland for a bigger city. Now that I am older I love coming home to […]

Free Doughnuts!!! Yes, really. This Friday.

This year National Doughnut Day will be Friday, June 3, which means free doughnuts! Different doughnut shops will have a different offer for you, if they participate. For instance, the newly opened Krispy Kreme will give you 1 free doughnut, Dunkin’ Donuts will “offer guests a free donut of their choice (while supplies last) with […]

You Can Help Name the Baby!

April Mullins and her husband Jeff have a problem. It’s their daughter. Their unborn daughter. Oh, it isn’t a physical problem. She’s perfectly healthy. She just doesn’t have a given name. She’s due in a few weeks and the Mullins family can’t decide on a name. And they don’t want to go the “Baby Girl […]

Mayfaire 5K Top Finishers

[box type=”shadow”]Editor’s Note: Tim Bedgood was again on the scene as another race wound through Lakeland. This time he captured the Mayfaire 5K top finishers (and many others) as they traveled through Lakeland…[/box] [tabs slidertype=”left tabs” fx=”slide” auto=”yes”][tabcontainer] [tabtext]Marcus Dumas – 1st Place[/tabtext] [tabtext]Charlie Cooley – 2nd Place[/tabtext] [tabtext]Pedro Merez – 3rd Place[/tabtext] [tabtext]Rebecca Marsh […]

Rebranding the Swan

Sometime last September, I received a call from the local Wachovia branch. With the impending conversion of Wachovia to Wells Fargo, they had decided to have the Wachovia swan repainted to bring it more into the Wells Fargo brand, and since I am the artist who originally painted the Wachovia swan, they asked if I […]

Blueberries and Benny

If you ever get the pleasure of meeting Benny Tew, it’s likely he will tell you that he’s a heck of a nice guy. He won’t be lying. I had the pleasure of spending a couple of hours with Benny on a recent hot April afternoon at his blueberry farm in Bartow. He sat in […]

Child of the Sun Urban Triathlon Top Finishers

[box type=”shadow”]Editor’s Note: Lakeland photographer Tim Bedgood stationed himself near Florida Southern College to watch Saturday’s Child of the Sun Urban Triathlon. He captured the top finishers in both gender categories as they ran down Mississippi…[/box] Get the full race results and official finish photos. A couple of other race shots… photo credit: Tim Bedgood […]

Lakeland Flying Tigers Home Games

The complete list of home games by date and by team.

Lakeland Retains State Basketball Finals for Three More Years

Lakeland is still home for the state basketball finals. The Florida High School Athletics Association on Tuesday selected The Lakeland Center as the site for the boys and girls state tournaments for the next three years. Executive Director Mike Lapan of The Lakeland Center made the announcement this afternoon. “This opportunity reflects the hard work […]

Spring Training Works for Lakeland

Thursday night was a perfect night for baseball, and a healthy crowd at Joker Marchant Stadium validated that observation. It wasn’t quite enough to inspire the Detroit Tigers to victory in a 5-2 loss to the Washington Nationals, but it did create a great atmosphere. It was my first trip out for a spring game […]

Bracket Brawl Results

[box]Ed. Note: Bookmark this page and come back after each day’s games. We’ll simply post the latest results at the top of the page.[/box] [tabs slidertype=”left tabs” fx=”slide” auto=”no”][tabcontainer] [tabtext]Final[/tabtext] [tabtext]Day 8[/tabtext] [tabtext]Day 7[/tabtext] [tabtext]Day 6[/tabtext] [tabtext]Day 5[/tabtext] [tabtext]Day 4[/tabtext] [tabtext]Day 3[/tabtext] [tabtext]Day 2[/tabtext] [tabtext]Day 1[/tabtext] [/tabcontainer] [tabcontent] [tab] Final Results – 4/4/2011 – 11:35pm […]

Dan Stetson to Leave Polk Museum

Polk Museum of Art Director Daniel Stetson today announced his resignation effective May 31. Stetson is leaving to take the position of Museum Director for the Hunter Museum of American Art in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Polk Museum sent a press release this morning. “I am so proud of having served as director of this wonderful […]

Are Local High School Coaches Recruiting?

The recent transfer of standout quarterback Jadrian Clark from George Jenkins to Lakeland has once again set off the hot topic of recruiting in Polk County. But do high school coaches REALLY recruit athletes from other schools, or do those athletes and their families simply transfer for better opportunities, better fits, etc.? On my blog, […]

75 Years Lakeland has been a Tiger Town

[box type=”shadow”]Another guest column! This one from the University of South Florida Polytechnic Library. Being baseball fans, the library staff put together a display of materials to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Tigers in Lakeland. What follows is their exhibit intro…[/box] Since 1934, the Detroit Tigers have called Lakeland home for spring training. The […]

In Search of All Things Quirky

I like to find places that are off the beaten path when I travel, and a recent trip out west revealed one of my best finds to date- the Swetsville Zoo in Fort Collins, Colorado. None of the animals are alive at the Swetsville Zoo. They all were lovingly crafted by Bill Swets- an eccentric […]

Engaged? Win a Wedding package!

Did you get engaged over the holidays or think you might on Valentine’s Day? The Lakeland Center can make your dream wedding a reality. They are giving away a wedding a reception package, valued at more than $12,000!!! From photos to hair and make up and everything in between, see below for entire list! To […]

Tigers Spring Training Tix On Sale Saturday

From Zach Burek Lakeland Flying Tigers GM: “Individual tickets for Detroit Tigers Spring Training home games will go on sale Saturday, January 8th at 10:00 a.m. at the Joker Marchant Stadium box office. The box office is located at 2301 Lakeland Hills Blvd. Tickets may also be purchased at 10:00 a.m. through the Tigers website, […]

Doula Doula Doula

by Lynn Hollis During the 12 years that I have been a Doula I have been asked again and again what exactly that means. I thought it was time to answer some questions in a more public forum and hopefully make “Doula” a more mainstream word. What is a Doula? Doula is a Greek word […]