Category Archives: Announcements


You’re Invited: Silvermoon Drive In Celebrates 70 years

29136168_1993222807385445_2450252229321598171_nMark your calendars for April 13th and 14th because the Silver Moon’s 70th anniversary is coming up next month! They are celebrating by playing Grease (sing-a-long version- this is the original movie, just with sing-a-long words in the music scenes).

Before the movie on Friday and Saturday, they currently have planned:

· a performance by the local band, 1 Day Weekend

· a food truck with smoothies and fresh fruit

· drawings for prizes including $70 cash, t-shirts, and other
Silver Moon themed items

· a hamburger grill-out

· outdoors games for the kids

Also, they are open to other suggestions to make this weekend special!

They appreciate the continued support from the community and surrounding areas. Without so many of YOU making this theatre a regular habit, they would no longer exist!

Continue to stay tuned as the weekend comes closer. Never know what we may be able to add to this event!

For more informaiton go the Facebook page by clicking here.


You’re Invited: Ford Dealership to Celebrate Its 70th Anniversary

inviteIn 1948, Harry Truman was President, a loaf of bread would run you 14 cents, and Ernest Smith opened the doors to the Bartow Ford store at 495 and 510 W. Main St. WWII hadn’t been over long, and they sold used cars and appliances to remain afloat.

Now, 70 years later, Bartow Ford sits on a beautiful 30-acre campus and is one of the most successful Ford Dealerships in the state – and ranks within the Top 100 of the nation.

That’s reason to celebrate.

To do so, Bartow Ford is holding an Open House to celebrate this anniversary on Thursday, March 29, 2018 from 5 to 8 PM, which will feature a raffle and entertainment. Additionally, Bartow Ford’s Signature Shop and Service Department will feature specials that day only, including The Works (oil change package) for $19.48.

For more information about this event or to schedule an interview with Benny Robles Jr., please contact Amy Sumerlin 863.533.0425 ext. 2240 or email


Founded in 1948, Bartow Ford Company is a privately held company providing new and used vehicles, and automotive services. The Central Florida facility, located on 30 acres of property in Polk County, with over 286 employees, includes a service and parts department, detail depot, collision center, rental vehicles, commercial services and a quick-lane. Bartow Ford has achieved Ford Motor Company’s prestigious President’s Award 20 times. For more info on Bartow Ford Company, please visit


SCORE/Paychex Offer Free Seminar

SCOREEmployee Life Cycle: Interviewing, Hiring & What Comes Next, helps entrepreneurs select and develop productive and engaged employees.

We will cover:

  • Federal laws impacting hiring decisions
  • Progressive discipline for performance issues and policy violations
  • Legal matters with employee termination
  • Costs that come from poor hiring practices
  • How to implement an effective recruiting and hiring process

To register, click here.

SCORE also offers free and confidential mentoring sessions in addition to the seminar.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

9:00 am – 11:00 am

Lakeland Chamber of Commerce

35 Lake Morton Dr, Lakeland, FL

Registration Required


Lakeland Regional Health Team Member News

Pagani_VirginiaVirginia Pagani, MD, joins Lakeland Regional Health Physician Group as an Obstetrician/Gynecologist. Dr. Pagani earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from Ponce School of Medicine in Puerto Rico. She completed her Residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology at Winnie Palmer Hospital in Orlando. Dr. Pagani most recently served as an Obstetrician/Gynecologist for Health Central Hospital in Orlando. Certified by the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Pagani sees patients at the Grasslands Campus, 3030 Harden Blvd, and also will see patients at the soon-to-open Carol Jenkins Barnett Pavilion for Women and Children. She is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese.


Wauchula State Bank Announces Leadership Changes for 2018

Donna McKownThe Wauchula State Bank Board of Directors recently confirmed the following changes in senior leadership:

  • W. “Jake” Crews IV – CEO and Chairman of the Board
  • W. “Bill” Crews Jr. – Vice Chairman
  • Donna McKown – President

A fourth generation Crews family member, Jake Crews moves from president to lead the bank as CEO. “We make banking easy by listening to our clients and offering flexible solutions and creative options based on our experience,” he said.

A graduate of Washington State University with a degree in finance, Crews worked for three years as a bank examiner for the state of Florida prior to formally joining the bank in 2010.

Bill Crews assumes the Vice Chairman role and continues his distinguished career that has included service with professional and community organizations. One of only three people to have served as president of both the Florida Bankers Association and the Community Bankers of Florida, he received the FBA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016.

As a seasoned banker, McKown has been in senior management at Wauchula State Bank for more than 20 years during her 35-year career with the bank. Her dedication to the organization and passion for helping customers reinforces the culture of Wauchula State Bank in providing service excellence with trust and integrity.

McKown was instrumental in expanding the branch network of the bank. A graduate of the Florida School of Banking at the University of Florida, she has leadership experience in all areas and functions of retail banking.

ABOUT WAUCHULA STATE BANK – Based in Wauchula, Fla., Wauchula State Bank has served the Florida Heartland since 1929 as a family owned, locally managed community bank. The late J.W. Crews Sr. (father of the current vice chairman) purchased controlling interest in the bank in 1932, and the bank is still owned and operated by the Crews family. With over $660 million in assets and seven branches located in Hardee, Polk and Highlands counties, Wauchula State Bank is the largest among the family of banks under Crews Bank Corp., the others including Charlotte State Bank & Trust, Englewood Bank & Trust and First State Bank of Arcadia. To learn more, visit Member FDIC / Equal Housing Lender