I haven’t written much about the meltdown at LPD because The Ledger has done an exemplary job dogging the story. The reporters and editors and even business management deserve kudos for keeping at it and committing lawyers and money. Well done. But now that it’s all exploded — and I’m back from the old country […]
On January 18, 2007 five people got together at a local coffeehouse to discuss social media. (Back then they called it “blogging.”) Twitter was a few months old, part of Odeo* and Facebook had only opened their doors to the general public four months earlier. It was the first Polk County wide meeting of people […]
Lakeland Local is happy to work with Polk’s Government Television and Orchid Springs Animal Hospital to host an interactive webcast series. Aimed at animal lovers, the webcast features Dr. Mitsie Vargas and kicks-off Tuesday, December 6 at 7pm. Viewers can log in on this page to watch the webcast and send in questions and comments. […]
Regular School – .2(Regular School) + Special School > Charter School +/- Null Set Or something. This is the bizarre mathematical phrase we’ve come to in assessing the performance of Polk County schools. As considered in the ridiculous way we measure schools in this state, Lakeland High and Bartow High are the clear champions of […]
While working on a different post about FCAT scores, I decided to check if the great Sue Buckner, the finest principal in the history of Florida (go ahead, refute it) still ran Sandhill Elementary in Haines City. So I googled her name. What I got back, to my horror, was her obituary — a tiny […]
I will be the first to admit that this is a stupid and petty game, but those of us partial to the ideals of public education didn’t start it. What follows is a (partial) list of a few of the Lakeland-area elementary schools that equalled or surpassed both elementary schools in the McKeel Empire on […]
I want to make clear upfront that I voted against term limits and salary cuts for Polk County commissioners. I’ve always considered term limits voter welfare; and you have to pay elected officials a salary that allows them to focus on running this complex county full-time if that’s what you want them do. Low salaries […]
As some of you may know, I’ve become an almost obsessive critic of America’s raging failure of a drug war, which I consider perhaps our most dire national problem. Take a look at the three charts below to see why I think the way I do. [tabs slidertype=”left tabs” fx=”slide” auto=”yes”][tabcontainer] [tabtext]Homicides per 1000 – […]
Better than chocolate in peanut butter, one of Lakeland’s recent additions to the downtown business sector has teamed up with Lakeland’s pre-eminent filmmakers. It’s a small project, but one soon to be very visible as Smart Creative has designed the key art for Endure, the film from the creative team at Nfocus.
Locally produced and filmed, the crime thriller Endure has been chosen for the 2010 Gasparilla International Film Festival. Show times and other details will be announced on February 23rd.
For years, officers have trained by shooting at stationary targets. A big step was popup targets as officers moved through training buildings. Today training can be much more realistic. The Polk County Sheriff’s office spends considerable time training officers. Just before the Thanksgiving holiday the department added a tool to improve that training. Imagine a […]
This evening, PolkVoice.com contributors were informed of the pending closing of their local blogging host. The service was supported by area newspaper, The Ledger and the notice was written by Ledger Managing Editor/Digital Barry Friedman and Digital Advertising Manager Scott R. Girouard. Since 2006, community bloggers, businesses, and organizations have used the free service to […]
This map covers homes newly listed during the period 10/01 to 10/15. Check inside for the report from Petra Norris and the interactive map including Google Street Views…
USF at Syracuse today:
The first place to go today is Greg Auman at the St. Pete Times. Why is the St. Pete paper doing more for USF than…nevermind. Auman links to stories at the Hartford Courant, “Lakeland Ledger,” ESPN, Syracuse’s NunesMagician, and the Osceola News-Gazette. So I won’t link to them here.
OK, late start today. I’m still getting used to this. Any USF football fans like to compile some links for Fame & (absolutely no) Fortune?
I’ll have a better results post in the morning.
The Publix at the Southgate Shopping Center reopens tomorrow at 8 a.m. First opened in 1957 and given facelifts over subsequent years, the building was razed to the ground in early 2009 and rebuilt in less than nine months.
Look inside for a large number of photos taken today and a preview of the departments.
Some links to information from tonight’s public information meeting on the proposed High Speed Rail project.
In a move reminiscent of the Hair tune, Initials (L.B.J.), the FDOT invites you to a PIM to study the FEIS for the FHSR.
In English, the Florida Department of Transportation is hosting a Public Information meeting to showcase the changes made to the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Florida High Speed Rail project.
Look inside for the details…