Red White & Kaboom, Independence Day Celebration at Lake Mirror





LAKELAND, FL (May 30, 2018) – T.Mims Corp. Red, White & Kaboom Independence Celebration will take place at Lake Mirror along the Frances Langford Promenade on Tuesday, July 3rd from 6:00 p.m. – 9:15 p.m. with the band Clemons Road entertaining the crowd before a dazzling fireworks display launches at 9:00 p.m.


We are asking that everyone who is attending to please bring at least one non-perishable food item.  Volunteers will be collecting canned food items for Volunteers in Service to the Elderly (VISTE).  Those attending that do not bring a canned food item are asked to donate $2 to help support the VISTE foodbank.  A convenient text to give service is in place so visitors and others can easily donate by texting FEEDLAKELAND to 50155. VISTE is a community based non-profit organization serving Lakeland, Bartow, Mulberry and Ft. Meade.  Established in 1983, the primary goal is to enable elderly persons to continue living independently and safely in their own homes.


Red, White & Kaboom festivities will start with a live concert featuring the energetic Clemons Road Band that will certainly command the crowd blending country music with an island feel.  The band pulls their influences from Sublime to Alan Jackson, Dave Matthews to Jimmy Buffet, or Lynyrd Skynyrd to the Zac Brown Band. They keep heads bobbing and toes tapping with their own blend of beach country. Clemons Road features an extremely talented and charismatic front man, Grammy award winning music producer Cliff brown on lead vocals and guitar. Back by popular demand is the watermelon eating contest that will take place around 7 p.m. and there is even a round this year for the adults.


Tom Mims, President of T. Mims Corporation said, “We are very excited to sponsor Red, White & Kaboom again this year.  It is an excellent opportunity for our community to come together in celebration of our great country.”  He added, “We ask all those attending to bring a canned food item that will help those in need. All non-perishable items benefit Volunteers in Service to the Elderly (VISTE) and new for this year is our text to give option. We want everyone to have fun be we also want to help raise awareness for VISTE and use this opportunity to have the community’s largest canned food drive.”


During Red, White & Kaboom there will be a variety of food trucks around Lake Mirror so bring a blanket, bring your appetite and enjoy the festivities in celebrating our great nation.  The event will conclude with a dramatic display of fireworks over the lake.   Admission to Red, White & Kaboom is a canned food item or a donation to VISTE. Those attending can bring their own cooler but no glass bottles please.  Also, no pop-up tents are large beach umbrellas are allowed.


Snapchat and Facebook geofilters have been created for the event, please use the filter and share your experiences through social media using #redwhiteandkaboom2018 and #RWK2018. All City parking garages will be open for T.Mims Corp. Red, White & Kaboom. Please visit www.lakelandgov.net to find out more information regarding the City of Lakeland.  Citizens are also invited to follow the City on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, Vimeo, Snapchat and Nextdoor.  Citizens can find the City of Lakeland on these social media platforms by searching lakelandgov. 

Photo: Clemons Road



Harrell’s Announces All-Star Changes to Their Lineup of Employee-Owners Going into the Growing Season


Harrell’s Announces All-Star Changes to Their Turf Lineup of Employee-Owners Going into the Growing Season

Lakeland, Florida, May 30, 2018 – Employee-owned Harrell’s, LLC is pleased to announce the appointment of three top leaders to support their turf customers.

harrells 1Dr. Jeffrey Atkinson, Director of Agronomy Dr. Atkinson comes to Harrell’s with 13 years in the turfgrass industry. He has most recently worked as a Turf and Landscape Portfolio Leader with SePRO. Jeff will provide technical support to the Northern region and the West Coast along with Harrell’s employee-owner and  long-trusted Ph.D and Director of Agronomy, Dr. Raymond Snyder.  Jeff earned his Ph.D in Plant and Environmental Sciences, his Master’s of Science degree in Plant Physiology, and his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Turfgrass Management from Clemson University.  “I’ve known Jeff for eleven years and have been impressed with his work at SePRO,” said Jack Harrell, III Sr. VP of Turf Sales South. “His character and personality fit well with our culture and we’re looking forward to the knowledge and skills he brings to the Harrell’s Agronomy Team.”   Dr. Atkinson’s area of expertise in turfgrass weed science and weed biology complements Dr. Snyder’s plant health focus. As employee-owners,together they will provide support of the Harrell’s Balanced Approach Annual Programs, customer education seminars, regional product trials, product research & development and the TurPh.Dudes podcast.

Harrells 2Matt Gregg, Sales Director – Coastal Plains Matt Gregg rejoins the Harrell’s team as the Sales Director for the Coastal Plains region. Matt holds both an undergraduate degree in Horticulture and a Masters degree in Plant and Environmental Sciences from Clemson University and has fifteen years of industry experience. After finishing his M.S. degree in 2003, Matt joined the Harrell’s team where he served as a top turf sales representative in Central Florida. He then pioneered and expanded the Harrell’s footprint supporting golf course superintendents in the developing Virginia market for four years.  Most recently, Matt comes from Hocking International Laboratories where his focus was investigating new product opportunities, product development, and providing technical sales support for the Harrell’s MAX product lines.  Matt will lead the Coastal Plains team of ten turf sales representatives and employee-owners in the Panhandle of Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky and Southern Indiana.  “Matt has become an admired leader for our team over the years. His extensive agronomic knowledge, coupled with his people and communication skills will be a great asset to our Coastal Plains region. We are thrilled to have Matt return and join our rank of over 300 employee-owners at Harrell’s,” said Jack Harrell, III.

harrells 3Kurt von Hofen, Sales Director – Southeast Employee- owner Kurt von Hofen has been promoted to Sales Director of the Southeast Turf Sales team. Upon joining the Harrell’s team five years ago as a Territory Manager in Central and Eastern NC, Kurt was tasked with developing customer support to that region. Kurt has 21 years in the industry including ten years as a Golf Course Superintendent with Jupiter Hills Club in Tequesta, Florida and El Cameleón Golf Club in Playa del Carmen, México and has contributed to Course Management for thirteen professional golf tournaments. He holds a Turfgrass Management Degree from the Agricultural Technical Institute at The Ohio State University and is a founding member of the von Hofen Turfgrass Scholarship at The Ohio State University. Kurt will head up a team of 12 devoted turf sales representatives and employee-owners in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. “Kurt represents all the Core Values of the company,” commented Jack Harrell, III. “He is a great communicator and leader providing a level of professionalism that Harrell’s is known for in the Southeast Region.”


In addition to being one of the nation’s largest distributors of branded fungicides, herbicides and insecticides, employee-owned Harrell’s produces top-quality, custom blended fertilizers, wetting agents, specialty liquids and foliar nutritionals. Harrell’s guarantees stringent quality control procedures, tight manufacturing specifications and careful selection of raw materials for each product that carries the Harrell’s name.  They are also the world-class formulator and a leading world distributor of POLYON®, the industry’s superior controlled-release fertilizer technology.


For more information about Harrell’s including their core values:  to serve, honor and glorify God, to take care of people, and to grow their financial strength, visit www.harrells.com.




LAKELAND (May 29, 2018) - Florida Southern College has long been known for its excellence in the arenas of athletic competition, but Moccasin student-athletes are also shining in the classroom as well as Florida Southern boasts three NCAA Division II Elite 90 award recipients this year. The Elite 90 program honors the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average at each of the NCAA’s 90 championship events, and the Mocs have claimed three Elite 90 awards this year.

The run of success began in the fall when sophomore volleyball student-athlete Courtney Charneco earned the honor and has continued into the spring as Julia Couch (women’s lacrosse) and J.J. Niekro (baseball) were also named as Elite 90 recipients. Charneco, a business major, carried a 4.0 GPA into the fall when she earned the honor at the NCAA Division II Volleyball Championships while Couch (communications) and Niekro (sports communication and marketing) also carried a perfect 4.0 into the spring.

“I could not be more proud of our student-athletes,” said Pete Meyer, Director of Athletics at Florida Southern College. “This year has been one of the most successful years ever in the history of our athletic programs, but winning three Elite 90 awards proves that our teams are also turning out some of the best students in the nation. Their excellence in their sport and in the classroom is the true definition of what it means to be a ‘student-athlete'”.

With three Elite 90 recipients this year, Florida Southern becomes just the second NCAA Division II program in the country to have three Elite 90 winners in the same academic year, a feat also accomplished this year by Rockhurst. In addition, the Moccasins now have a total of seven Elite 90 winners since the program began during the 2009-10 academic year, a number that is also tied for the most all-time with Southwest Missouri State.

Not only did individual student-athletes shine in the classroom this year, but Florida Southern’s entire athletic department also performed well academically. Ten different teams finished the year with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 or better and each of the Moccasins’ 20 NCAA sponsored sports, plus water ski, eSports, JV baseball, equestrian, and cheerleading, all ended the 2017-18 academic year with a combined GPA of 3.1 or higher, with a department-wide GPA of 3.42.

A total of 76 student-athletes earned a spot on the Sunshine State Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll in the fall, while many more will earn a place on the Spring Honor Roll. The Moccasins have advanced out of regional play and competed in the NCAA Championships in six different sports this year (volleyball, men’s swimming, women’s swimming, baseball, men’s golf, women’s lacrosse), and have won an Elite 90 award at half of those championships.


About Florida Southern College


Founded in 1883, Florida Southern College is the oldest private comprehensive college in Florida. The College maintains its commitment to academic excellence through 72 undergraduate programs and distinctive graduate programs in business administration, education, and nursing. Florida Southern has a 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio; is an award-winning national leader in engaged learning; and boasts 30 NCAA Division II national championships. It is ranked among the Top 20 Regional Universities in the South by U.S. News and World Report; named a Top Baccalaureate College by Washington Monthly; and included in The Princeton Review’s 382 Best Colleges, The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2018, and Forbes magazine’s America’s Top Colleges Guide. The College is committed to the development of the whole student through vibrant student life programs that prepare graduates to make a positive, consequential impact on society.  FSC is conveniently located within an hour’s drive of both Orlando and Tampa. FSC is home to the world’s largest single-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2012. Named the “Most Beautiful Campus in the Nation” for two consecutive years by The Princeton Review and one of the nation’s “Ten College Campuses with the Best Architecture” by Architectural Digest, Florida Southern is an internationally-recognized place of beauty and academic excellence.


The Maxcy Foundation Awards $30,000 in Scholarships to Polk County Students


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The Maxcy Foundation Awards $30,000 in Scholarships to Polk County Students

LAKE WALES, FL – The Maxcy Foundation, instituted in 1943 by Citizens Bank & Trust Founder Latimer Maxcy, was a way for the family to give back to its community by awarding higher education scholarships to qualifying students within Polk County. The Foundation began endowment in 2009 for this important endeavor.

This year’s Maxcy Foundation Scholarship winners are; Layton Bracey-Calvary Baptist, Alex Fagan-Lakeland High School, Courtney Lofgren-McKeel Academy, Zach Marbutt-Lake Wales High, Ross Persichetti-Auburndale High and Elli Winfree-Lake Wales High.

To qualify for the scholarships, an applicant must be a Polk County graduating senior with a 2.5 minimum GPA. The scholarships are administered by the Polk Education Foundation.

“We are honored to award these scholarships to these deserving students, and we hope our contribution will help ease the financial burden as they strive for higher education,” said Jinx Chaney.

Higher education has always been an important philanthropy to the Wilson Family. Latimer Maxcy, the founder of Latt Maxcy Corporation and Citizens Bank & Trust, established The Maxcy Foundation in 1943. Since its inception, the Foundation has provided numerous individuals throughout Polk County with college scholarships. The Wilson Family is dedicated to carrying on the generous works begun by Latimer Maxcy therefore proud to set up the endowment in 2009 for this important endeavor.

Citizens Bank & Trust, founded in 1920 in Frostproof, Florida, is a full service financial institution providing personal and commercial banking deposit and loan products, along with Trust and Investment services. Offices are located in Auburndale, Bartow, Dundee, Fort Meade, Frostproof, Haines City, Lake Wales, Lakeland and Winter Haven. For more information on Citizens Bank & Trust visit www.citizens-bank.com.