Jack Cormier

Celebrate 50 years of ‘The Love Bug’

Celebrate 50 years of ‘The Love Bug’

Men were walking on the moon, “Scooby Doo” and “The Brady Bunch” both premiered on television and a certain sentient sedan ruled the box office. Believe it or not, it has been 50 years since the release of the movie “The Love Bug.” Since then, Herbie the pugnacious...

More than 270 teams for RussMatt

Hail, hail, the games are all here. Baseball games, that is. With the return of the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational, Polk County can rightly lay claim to being the baseball capital of the world – at least for a month. With more than 270 teams playing more than...

Quidditch championship returns to Auburndale

Quaffles, bludgers and a Golden Snitch or two were all on the field as muggles took part in the South Regional Championship for US Quidditch (USQ) at Lake Myrtle Park in Auburndale Feb. 16 and 17. Teams from around the state of Florida as well as South Carolina took...

VIC enjoys Spring Training event

The Tigers aren’t the only ones to enjoy Spring Training. There were long lines and anxious visitors, but this crowd wasn’t trying to get into Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium – they were trying to get into the Central Florida Visitors Information Center. The...

Tigers event sellout

Another chapter was added in the long and storied relationship between the City of Lakeland, Polk County and the Detroit Tigers through two successful annual events. The 73rd annual Tigers BBQ, presented by Rodda Construction, was held Feb. 20 at Publix Field at Joker...

First of Run 863 series in the books

Continuing the celebration of the 90th anniversary of Bok Tower, Carillon Classic went off without a hitch on Saturday, Feb. 23. The race is the first in the four-race Run 863 Series. For the second consecutive year more than 350 runners took to one what many consider...
Speed, strength on display at Chain of Lakes Cycling Classic

Speed, strength on display at Chain of Lakes Cycling Classic

WINTER HAVEN –The hilly backroads of Alturas and the streets of Winter Haven will once again come alive with cyclists peddling through all challenges the road – or Mother Nature – can throw at them thanks to the Chain of Lakes Cycling Classic. But the Sunday, March 11...
The fastest show on water returns to Lake Hollingsworth

The fastest show on water returns to Lake Hollingsworth

The Orange Cup Regatta will satisfy anyone’s need for speed LAKELAND – If you like watching jets takeoff, the Orange Cup Regatta is for you. Considering most commercial airliners start to defy gravity at 150 mph – or roughly the speed of a powerboat racing on Lake...
RussMatt, and 261 college baseball teams, returns to Polk

RussMatt, and 261 college baseball teams, returns to Polk

AUBURNDALE – Lewiston, Maine and Rock Island, Illinois, may be more than 1,000 miles apart, but college baseball teams from those respective towns will face each other to kick off the first game of the 2019 RussMatt Central Florida Invitational on Tuesday, Feb. 19....