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People in service - Entertainment & Life  The Ledger

U.S. Air ForceAirman Tanisha E. Smith of Lakeland graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio. Smith is the ...



Lake Gibson High School is the 10News School of the Week powered by Duke Energy Florida  WTSP.com

Congrats to the students, teachers and staff of Lake Gibson High School.



Playing with a purpose, Lake Gibson whips Auburndale  The Ledger

LAKELAND — Dressed in pink and playing with a purpose, the Lake Gibson girls basketball team captured its first district championship in 11 years Thursday ...



No. 1 Lake Gibson rallies to beat No. 2 Tampa Jesuit, qualifies for state  The Ledger

LAKELAND — It only takes one second for momentum to switch, and unbeknownst to Connor Williams, that's all he had. The Lake Gibson junior and 2016 state ...



Lake Gibson takes Kathleen 22-16 in last-minute thriller  The Ledger

LAKELAND – Lake Gibson spent the first eight quarters of its young season trying to put a decent scoring drive together. The Braves finally did it and capped it ...



Nine sets of twins graduating from Lake Gibson High School this year  ABC Action News

The 2018 graduating class of Lake Gibson High School in Lakeland celebrated their last day of classes on Friday. The school is also celebrating a first-of-its-kind ...



Polk County Schools 2019 Graduation Schedule, Changes  Lakeland, FL Patch

Polk County Schools Graduation Schedule, Changes - Lakeland, FL - Polk County Public Schools are planning some changes for 2019 graduations Meanwhile, ...



4 Polk cheer squads win Region 3 titles, 8 advance to state finals  The Ledger

PLANT CITY — A late night turned into a great night for several Polk County cheerleading teams. Eight county squads qualified for the FHSAA state finals, and ...



Polk Schools showcase more than 100 career academies - News  The Ledger

11th annual WE3 Expo showcases educational opportunities throughout the school district in three dozen disciplines — everything from business, finance and ...



Competitive Spirit: 8 Polk cheerleading squads head to state finals  The Ledger

Powerhouse Bartow is one of a record eight Polk County programs competing at the FHSAA Competitive Cheerleading State Championships Thursday and ...



State Champs: Lake Gibson wins 2A wrestling state title  The Ledger

Lake Gibson won the 2A wrestling IBT state championship and crowned two individual champions.



LGHS's Dinwiddie named Polk teacher of the year  The Ledger

LAKELAND — Sporting a golfer's tan and a baby bump, Michelle Dinwiddie embraced her new role as Polk County's 2018 Teacher of the Year in front of a ...



Photos: Photos: Lake Gibson graduation ceremony in Lakeland  The Ledger

Lake Gibson High School graduate Ariel Smith, center, smiles as she receives her diploma from Principal Ryan Vann, left, as she crosses the stage during the ...



Ryan Vann, the new principal at Lake Gibson High, believes in connecting with his students, staff  The Ledger

If you're sent to the principal's office at Lake Gibson High School, you might be very lonely. The office might be minus one principal, at least if it's up to Ryan ...



Lake Alfred art teacher's door decoration goes viral  The Ledger

Artwork to mark Black History Month on the classroom door of Chanique Davis goes viral on social media.



Photos: Polk County football game previews for Week 1  The Ledger

The Ledger's staff writers Roy Fuoco and Bill Kemp breakdown the games to open the 2018 season on Friday night. Buy Photo. [1/16] ERNST PETERS|THE ...



Lakeland fends off Lake Gibson in boys baksetball  The Ledger

LAKELAND — First-year Lakeland coach Dwayne Johnson knew what he had in Luke Anderson heading into the season, and in the early games, he's finding ...



Photos: Your photos: Polk County graduates  The Ledger

[1/77] Photo provided / Debbie Kelly. Savannah Kelly with her mom, Debbie Kelly, at George Jenkins' graduation ceremony. Buy Photo. [2/77] Provided to The ...



Photos: Photos: Polk County Sports Awards Ceremony  The Ledger

Circle of Champions Awards and Polk County Sports Awards Ceremony at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland, Florida June 12, 2018. Buy Photo.



Project Prom Helps Provide High School Students Free Prom Attire  The Daily Ridge

Project Prom Helps Provide High School Students Free Prom Attire. by James Coulter. On Saturday morning, countless customers flocked to Lakeland Square ...



Photos: 2018 Polk Teacher of the Year receives new car  The Ledger

[1/5] ERNST PETERS|THE LEDGER. 2018 Teacher of The Year Lake Gibson High School teacher Michelle Dinwiddie climbs into her new KIA Forte presented ...



Youth wrestling sign-ups at Lake Gibson High  The Ledger

The Braves Wrestling Club is looking for wrestlers.The youth wrestling program based out of Lakeland wants wrestlers between kindergarten and 8th grade.



Braves looking to fill several roster spots - Sports  The Ledger

Lake Gibson lost 16 starters from last season's district championship team but plenty of promsing talent is looking to step up.



Vehicle backfire sounded like shots fired, prompted school lockdown in Lakeland  WFLA

The Polk County Sheriff's Office said the sound of a vehicle backfiring is likely what prompted faculty members to think they may have heard shots fired near ...



Quarterbacks play big role in showdown - Sports  The Ledger

LAKE WALES -- It's been a lingering issue since last season. Can Lake Wales win the big game in 2018?That was something the Highlanders could not do last ...



Lake Gibson Braves - News  The Ledger

Lake Gibson is coming off a monumental season after reaching the state title game, winning its first 13 games and finishing as Class 6A state runner-up during ...



Polk County's Prep Football Roundup: Complete Week 2 game coverage  The Ledger

Another big week of coverage by The Ledger sports staff — game stories, photo galleries, updated team-by-team results and schedules. Enjoy!



NAACP meets with police chief in WH teens death  News Chief

It was a meeting to create a conversation and understanding of the incident as social media buzzed across Polk County after 17-year-old Michael Jerome Taylor ...



Lake Gibson DeMyer's retires after 40-year coaching career  The Ledger

Keith DeMyer spent a good part of his coaching career bouncing around at various schools, including Lakeland, Bartow, Santa Fe Catholic, Lake Wales and ...



Best of preps: The Ledger's 2016-17 wrestling selections - News  The Ledger

Wrestler of the YearAshton HabeilLake GibsonFreshmanWhy We Picked HimHabeil won the Class 2A, 145-pound state championship with a 1-0 decision over ...



Tremendous 10: Frostproof quarterback Josh Jenkins ran over Miners  The Ledger

The top prep performances during the period Oct. 29 through Nov. 3:1 Frostproof senior quarterback Josh Jenkins (football) finished with 319 yards of total ...



Husband blamed in double slaying was angry wife left him for woman, lawyer says  Tampabay.com

BRANDON — Vincente Fuillerat was already pained by the separation from his wife. Then the 53-year-old electronic security consultant found out the woman ...



Polk County to get first marijuana dispensary  News Chief

Curaleaf plans to open Polk County's first medical marijuana dispensary this summer at a shopping center in Lakeland.



The Ledger's 42nd annual Silver Garland Award winners  The Ledger

ART Elizabeth Tolentino All Saints Academy Tolentino possesses passion and leadership skills for whatever she takes on. She has worked as a stage manager, ...



On 25th anniversary, George Jenkins High starts a Hall of Fame  The Ledger

LAKELAND – Buddy Thomas was athletic director and dean of students in 1993, the inaugural year for George Jenkins High School in South Lakeland.Named ...



All-County girls lacrosse 2018: All Saints' Wegman is an all-around player  The Ledger

PLAYER OF THE YEARGIANNA WEGMANAll Saints, JuniorMidfielder44 Goals, 10 Assists, 45 ground balls.Wegman has been playing lacrosse at All Saints ...



Polk County Hip Hop Bash gets underway Friday  The Ledger

LAKELAND — Jamie Ray Elkins left Winter Haven for Atlanta six months ago with a certain goal and plenty of aspirations. Elkins — who professionally goes by ...



Lakeland resident Janet Layug adds to success as bodybuilder  News Chief

Since turning pro in 2014, Janet Layug has twice finished second at the sport's premiere event, the Olympia Fitness and Performance Weekend in Las Vegas.



Editorial: Gigs and garlands  News Chief

The satirical website The Onion last week wrote, "The nation's flag nerds were breathless with anticipation, imagining all the potential configurations of stars and ...



People in service in Polk  News Chief

U.S. Air ForceAirman Jasmyn L. Cordova graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio. Cordova is the daughter of ...



Thousands line streets for 37th annual Lakeland Christmas Parade  The Ledger

LAKELAND — A cloudy day turned into perfect weather Thursday night for more than 40000 people who converged along downtown streets to watch the 37th ...



Photos: YOUR First day of school in Polk  The Ledger

Caitlyn, Colby, and Carson. 4th, 2nd, and VPK. Lakeland, FL Submitted by Jackie Graves. [2/256]. Bella, Berkley Elementary School, submitted by Reba Collins.



Jones combines parenting, coaching role at Santa Fe  The Ledger

WINTER HAVEN — The last time Kassidy Jones took the floor in a district basketball playoff game, she was a 1-year-old, and technically, she was tucked under ...



Residents get excited about 37th annual Lakeland Christmas Parade  The Ledger

LAKELAND — For the past seven years, Michael Burns of Lakeland has made sure to get a spot up front when the festive queue rolls around. Along with his wife ...



GRUBENHOFF: Crestview’s championship a win for all of Northwest Florida  The Northwest Florida Daily News

LAKELAND — I sat with Mason Cooper at lunch on Saturday afternoon. If he seemed worried, he didn't show it.A 6-foot-4 junior forward on the Crestview ...



Florida teachers Black Girl Magic: You need to see this door decoration  Apalachicola Times

One Florida art teacher is celebrating Black History Month with her students on a viral level. Meet Chanique Davis, the Florida woman inspiring her students and ...



All-County Boys Basketball: Winter Haven's Keyshawn Bryant nearly unstoppable  The Ledger

Today is the finale of our seven-day online countdown of winter All-County selections.



STATE CHAMPS: Crestview downs Dillard 50-40 for first basketball title since 1985  Crestview News Bulletin

LAKELAND — True to his role, Mason Cooper was the first Bulldog off the bench on Saturday afternoon.He didn't walk. He didn't run. He jumped, flying out of his ...



Polk Schools honors more than 800 Superintendent's Scholars - News  The Ledger

The Polk School District honored more than 800 of its top graduating seniors as 2017 Superintendent's Scholars during a ceremony Thursday night at The ...



All-County Boys Soccer: Auburndale's Noah Sims was dominant all over  The Ledger

Player of the Year. Noah Sims. Auburndale. Junior, Midfielder. Why We Picked Him: Sims was the top player for the top team in the county as the Bloodhounds ...



All-County Football -- Offense: Yannie Scott and Deonta McMahon are players of the year  The Ledger

Yannie Scott, an explosive dual-threat quarterback for Ridge Community, is this year's big-school player of the year. Frostproof's Deonta McMahon, the county's ...



Polk County School District appoints 2 assistant superintendents - News  The Ledger

Polk County School Superintendent Jacqueline Byrd announced Tuesday the appointment of two assistant superintendents.



Lakeland girl dies after being ejected from SUV in Pasco  WFLA

LACOOCHEE. Fla. (WFLA) - A 15 year-old Lakeland girl died when she was ejected from an SUV in a crash on U.S. 301 in Pasco County on Tuesday night.



Photos: Photos: Lakeland Christmas Parade  The Ledger

[1/13] ERNST PETERS|THE LEDGER. Parade watchers gather around the swan statue at Kryger Park to watch the fireworks that signal the start of the 2017 ...



The Ledger's 2017 All-County Girls Lacrosse - Sports  The Ledger

Player of the YearJaeme NoriegaBartow, SeniorMidfielderWhy We Picked Her: Noriega is fast and strong on the offensive and defensive end. She has the ability ...



Polk County education news - News  The Ledger

Transition to the Sky Sixteen students from Lakeland High School and nine adults participated May 11 in Transition to the Sky, a new program offered at the ...



The Ledger's 2017 All-County Boys Track and Field  The Ledger

Athlete of the Year Chauncy Smart Auburndale, Senior 100-Meter Dash Best Time: 10.26 Why we picked him: Chauncy Smart is a back-to-back boys track and ...



Lake Gibson's Sean Barber is Umpiring in the Majors 10 Years After H.S.  The Ledger

Sean Barber has carried a family tradition all the way to the major leagues. The 2004 Lake Gibson High School graduate is in his first season as a Major League ...



Lakeland family still hoping for a miracle after mystery episode leaves teen paralyzed and unconscious  The Ledger

It would have been easier to simply accept the grim fatalism of the doctors and leave their daughter in a nursing home for the remainder of her life. Had they ...



Virginia’s offensive line gets stronger with Zachary Teter commitment  Streaking The Lawn

Fourth commit from Florida becomes third lineman in UVA's 2019 recruiting class.



Polk School Board names associate superintendent, 2 assistant principals  The Ledger

BARTOW — The Polk County School Board on Tuesday appointed an associate superintendent of human resource services and two assistant principals.Teddra ...



'Bulloch Family Ranch' opens its Florida home to reality TV  Tampabay.com

UP Bulloch Family Ranch cuts across race and class lines in telling the story of a family with open arms. From left are Brodie Bulloch, Telly McCall, Anthony ...



Class is in session for Polk students - News  The Ledger

The Polk County School District is still calculating how many students attended classes on the first day of school, but had accounted for 90528 by Thursday ...



Monday Profile: Incoming LPD Assistant Chief Ruben Garcia 'a Doer'  The Ledger

Ruben Garcia's reputation precedes him: He's a leader at heart. Garcia, who has been in charge of some of the Lakeland Police Department's most sensitive ...



5 teens charged with armed robbery  St. Augustine Record

Five teenagers from Lakeland -- three of whom are high school football standouts -- were arrested early Tuesday after two local juveniles told police the group ...



'Fuel Up' at Circle K gas stations on Thursday and 10-cents of each gallon go to local schools  ABC Action News

Tampa Bay Area residents are invited to a special "Fuel Up" night at participating Circle K gas stations on Thursday, December 7 to kick off Circle K's "Fueling ...



Political Newcomer Driskell Springs Upset in District 63 Race  Bay News 9

There was a big upset in the race for State House District 63 in Hillsborough County.



Urban Appeal's Trendy Store Finds Success in Downtown Lakeland  The Ledger

Urban Appeal has brought a *fresh* dose of style and attitude to downtown Lakeland.



Twelve named to 6A all-state football team  The Northwest Florida Daily News

Twelve area players have been named to the Florida high school 6A all-state football team. Navarre leads all area schools with five selections, while Niceville ...



Emergency contact information in Central Florida  WKMG Orlando

Find important emergency contact information for the Central Florida area and statewide on ClickOrlando.com. SHELTERS. Shelter openings are ...



Educators Say High School Band Students Have Advantages in Several Ways  The Ledger

As students find their way through the maze of public school, music educators say they hope many of them will find light at the end of the tunnel in the form of ...



Defensive linemen have dominated recent college recruiting  USA TODAY High School Sports

ESPN will send a limousine today to whisk Rashan Gary from his home in Plainfield, N.J., to the network's studios at Bristol, Conn., to announce his college ...



National Signing Day brings banner year for PNJ area  Pensacola News Journal

In the prep and college football community, National Signing Day will always be special. But for the PNJ coverage area, something seemed to stand out this year ...



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