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YMCA snaps up Lakeland daycare closed by bankruptcy

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Lakeland’s former Funtime Learning Center, whose owner locked the doors and filed bankruptcy in June, is getting a new life, thanks to the YMCA of Memphis and the Mid-South. Plans are to open a Child Development Center there. Registration began on July 10. The center will reopen on Aug. 1. A Y spokesman explained that […]

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Lakeland’s seniors pack a patriotic party

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Lakeland’s International Harvester Managerial Clubhouse was draped in red, white and blue, for the Seniors 55+ annual Stars & Stripes Dinner on June 16. The event, sponsored by Saint Francis Hospital Bartlett and Trustmark Bank, drew about 50 guests, many of them in patriotic clothing. They enjoyed an evening of entertainment and a chance to […]

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Lakeland piano student earns national award

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Aida Xue, 11, daughter of Jun Ling Lu and Zong Wen Xue of Lakeland, has earned the Five Year National Award from the National Guild of Piano Teachers. Aida performed 10 memorized pieces each year for five years in Germantown’s Piano Guild Auditions, where she earned Superior ratings. She received the Guild’s five-year pin and […]

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Lightning strike destroys home, woman killed in fire

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A Lakeland woman recovering from knee surgery died Friday in a home fire apparently caused by lightning. Brent Perkins, a spokesman for the Shelby County Fire Department, said a very large stroke of lightning hit the Gainsborough Drive home of Nancy Allen, and flames were widespread by the time neighbors began to call for help […]

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Collegiate Corner for July 6, 2017

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Colleges and universities have released the following news about area students. Academic honors Kaylie Amelia McGinley of Arlington has been named to the spring 2017 dean’s list at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Miss. Dean’s list scholars are those with at least a 3.5 grade point average, but less than a 4.0. Arkansas […]

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Daycare owner heartbroken over bankruptcy, closure

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A Lakeland day care center shocked employees and parents on June 21 when the owner abruptly closed its doors and announced she was filing for bankruptcy. Funtime Learning Center had been operating for 21 years, but owner Lisa Naquin could not hold up under the financial pressures. “Over the course of 21 years, the children […]

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Lakeland youths get help with T-shirt tie-dying

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Wringing some fun out of their summer break is what several youths did on June 9 in Lakeland. They were at the Tie-Dye Naturally Workshop presented by Memphis Botanic Garden and hosted at International Harvester Managerial Park. Youth participants learned how animals and plants play a role in creating a variety of fabrics and dyes […]

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Bartlett drama brings charm to Lakeland seniors

A lot of drama took place at the Lakeland Senior Center recently, but it was purely theatrics. At first glance, the facility appeared to be overrun with homeless vagabonds and townspeopl who looked as if they stepped right out of another era. Instead, they were 16 members of the Bartlett Choral and Drama Club. The […]

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Collegiate Corner

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Colleges and universities have released the following news about area students. Scholarships Sarah Gehring of Bartlett recently received scholarship awards from Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo., for the 2017-18 academic year. She received the Provost Scholarship and an out-of-state fee waiver. She was selected from those who applied based on their ACT (American College […]

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Lakeland ignites plan to launch fire department

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After about two years of study and discussion, Lakeland took a big step last week toward setting up the city’s own fire department. Lakeland currently pays the Shelby County Fire Department for fire service, and the mayor and commissioners believe the move will save money in the long run. At the June 8 city board […]

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Lakeland to weigh different dress codes

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Lakeland’s school board is considering either a “standardized dress code” or updating the district’s traditional dress code policy. After a lengthy discussion at the June 12 meeting, the board agreed to send out a survey to parents and hear a presentation from Superintendent Dr. Ted Horrell at the July 10 meeting. The board’s goal is […]

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Students honored at piano recital

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Benita Pepper of Lakeland, a private piano instructor, presented 24 students in a recital May 27 at Lane Music Recital Hall in Germantown. Students were awarded certificates for their participation. Eleven students received medals for successfully performing 10-piece memorized programs and skills tests at the National Piano Guild Auditions in May. They were Sharav Shyam, […]

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