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22-year-old woman arrested after outburst at Lakeland McDonald's

LAKELAND, Fla. — A 22-year old woman has been arrested after her actions at a Lakeland McDonald's. On Thursday, the woman became angry about how long her order was taking. She then complained in the store to an employee and threw multiple items, including cups and bottles, at employees.
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Florida woman called 911 over McDonald's order

Sheriff's deputies are on the lookout for a pregnant woman who went berserk at a McDonald's in Florida. The suspect allegedly became enraged when her drive-thru order was taking too long on Thursday in Lakeland. Employees say she stormed in the restaurant and went behind the counter and started throwing...

Kiwanis Club of Lakeland New Board

Kiwanis Club of Lakeland President Adam Hartley presented the 2022-2023 Officers and Board of Directors at today’s meeting voted by the members:. Leadership terms officially begin on October 1, 2022. Retiring officers: Jackye Maxey, Clint Rhoton and Julie DeGeorge. THANK YOU for your service!

J. Burns Pizza Files for Third Location

With a location in Lakeland and Winter Haven, J. Burns Pizza Shop is looking to add another location to the repertoire. On May 19, 2022, the brand initiated a plan review with the Department of Business and Professional Regulation for another Lakeland unit. According to the filing, we can expect...

Oshea Darrington awarded scholarship

The Betsye Kay Finch Performing Arts Foundation awarded its third annual $2,500 scholarship to Oshea Darrington, singer, dancer, songwriter, actor and 2022 graduate of Harrison School for the Arts. Darrington was honored by more than 40 friends, family and BKF Performing Arts Foundation members at a May 12 award ceremony at Lakeland’s Hollis Garden. In his application essay, Darrington, 18, said he wanted “to continue sharpening my skills so I can be the best I can possibly be.” He will pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in musical theater at Millikin University. Darrington has acted in numerous plays and musicals, including "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," at Champaign Park Youth Theatre; "Frozen," at Lakeland Community Theatre; and "Hairspray," "Once Upon a Mattress," "Newsies," and "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" at Harrison School for the Arts. He also sang in the choir of "Broadway for Biden" featuring Jennifer Hudson in 2020. He has attended week-long summer master classes for eight years at Broadway Dreams in New York City. The foundation supports dance and musical theater aspirants with its annual scholarship for Polk County high school seniors.

Runners, walkers raise money in honor of fallen officers

LAKELAND, Fla. - More than 600 people gathered Saturday morning to run or walk in the 6th annual Lakeland Police Foundation Fallen Heroes Memorial 5K. The event raises about $25,000 for the foundation, which helps members of the agency who fall on hard times. "Some of the programs that we...

Twerking McDonald’s ‘hamburglar’ busted on video: ‘She was McMad’

Wonder if she wanted fries with that shake. A pregnant woman with a craving for fast food was not McLovin’ the service she received at a McDonald’s in Lakeland, Florida. “She was McMad,” joked Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd during a Friday press conference, sharing that a warrant is out for her arrest. Judd later described, “As Jones got to the exit, she turned toward the employees, lifted her shirt to expose her belly, then turned and began twerking at them.” “She didn’t get her Happy Meal or her fish sandwich or her chocolate shake, or her sweet tea, but she managed to get...


Joanna Lain, a freshman music major from Lakeland, was named to the Bob Jones University spring 2022 president's list. Ashley Gonzalez, a freshman nursing major from Lakeland, was named to the Bob Jones University spring 2022 dean's list. COLUMBIA COLLEGE. Serena Stuck, an online student from Davenport, was named to...
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STATE 4A SOFTBALL: Lakeland brings home trophy for fourth

POST FALLS — The Vallivue Falcons jumped for joy as they celebrated their 3-2 walk-off victory over the Lakeland Hawks in the fourth-place game of the state 4A softball tournament Saturday morning at Post Falls High. But the Hawks had reason to celebrate, too. Lakeland’s fourth-place trophy was the...
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Florida Poly launches two new master’s degree programs

LAKELAND, Fla. — Florida Polytechnic University is introducing two new Master of Science degrees this fall in data science and engineering management. The two graduate programs were created in response to growing university enrollment and high industry demand. What You Need To Know. Florida Polytechnic University is introducing two...