Daughter says Lakeland nursing home did not want to test for COVID-19

Mercedes Quintero came to America, at the age of 28, aboard a so-called freedom flight during the now-famous Cuban Airlift. Polk County was where the refugee settled and never left. She built a life for herself in Lakeland, where she settled, worked backbreaking jobs in manufacturing, and raised three children.

Lakeland parks, trails and boat ramps on May 1

The city of Lakeland is working to reopen its economy.  On Monday, commissioners voted unanimously to reopen the city's parks trails and boat ramps on May 1. Tennis courts and Cleveland Heights Golf Course also received the green light to reopen in the city limits.