About The Ledger

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Published: Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 12:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 2:26 p.m.

OUR HISTORY

The history of The Ledger dates to Aug. 22, 1924, when Sam Farabee started The Lakeland Evening Ledger under the Ledger Publishing Co. Three years later, the Lakeland Ledger Publishing Co. bought one of its competitors, The Star-Telegram, which continued as a morning newspaper. A year later, when the owners figured out that running two papers from one plant wasn't profitable, they merged the newspapers to form The Lakeland Ledger and Star-Telegram. In 1941, the name was shortened to The Lakeland Ledger. It was shortened further to The Ledger in 1967.

Several owners controlled the newspaper until 1970, when The New York Times Co. purchased it, newspapers in Ocala and Gainesville, and other media interests. It was sold again in January 2012, when Daytona Beach-based Halifax Media Group bought it and the other newspapers in The New York Times Regional Newspaper Group chain.

The newspaper went through many changes through the years, returning to a morning edition in April 1979. In 1998 it started its website, www.theledger.com – the same year it moved into its new building on Lime Street in Lakeland.

Two years after moving into the new building The Ledger added color to all of its section fronts, thanks to increased capacity on two printing presses. It now uses those presses to print products for a variety of outside sources, including The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.

Since then, the newspaper has purchased its competition to the east, the News Chief, which now falls under the Ledger Media Group umbrella along with print products such as Inside Polk magazine. It also owns a host of newspaper-related web sites, such as TimeoutPolk.com, Polkpreps.com, PoliticsinPolk.com, and its newest, Polkcollegesports.com.

The Ledger has a long history of award-winning journalism, most recently winning top state awards given by the Florida Society of News Editors and the South Florida chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. It also has won several national awards in recent years for courtroom and breaking-news photography, and a series on the death of a middle-school student by a fellow student.

FAQ

Q. What should I do if I see breaking news or have a story idea?
A. Call the department you need directly.

* For local news, call Metro Desk at 863-802-7504 or send an e-mail to newstips@theledger.com.
* Winter Haven and East Polk is at 401-6973 or 401-6962
* Sports is at 802-7508
* Features is at 802-7505
* Business is at 802-7505

Other numbers and e-mail addresses are listed online on our contacts page .

Q. How do I get other information into the newspaper?
A. For an upcoming event, send a typed description that includes who, what, when, where and why and a contact person's name and phone number. Information should be sent as soon as possible to:
Department Name
The Ledger
P.O. Box 408
Lakeland FL 33802

It can also be faxed to:
* Metro at 863-802-7809
* East Polk at 401-6999
* Sports at 802-7812
* Features at 802-7809
* Business at 802-7809

Q. Where do I send information about community groups or achievements?
A. In The Ledger's Life section, we publish club events open to the public, news about enlisted men and women, etc. The Activities calendar features fund-raising events, special classes, seminars, dances, car washes or just about anything of interest to the general public. Information about happenings that occurred at club functions and community events are featured in a Sunday Potpourri column by Paula Stuart, or similar columns in the Polk & Florida section. Good Causes is a listing of upcoming fund-raisers and worthwhile projects that benefit the community. To have your event published, limit your message to three sentences. Include a full name and phone number for publication. Address materials to GOOD CAUSES, The Ledger, P.O. Box 408, Lakeland 33802. Or fax material to 802-7809. We need your material at least three weeks before the event. Good Causes appears on the basis of space in the Life section. On Sunday's Education page, we focus on youth, presenting news of students and their activities. Send information to barb.stuewe@theledger.com. The Self-Help Groups page lets readers search a database of support groups in the area. Send to Self-Help Groups, The Ledger, P.O. Box 408, Lakeland, Fla. 33802 or fax to 802-7809. News of area arts and entertainment are published weekly in Time Out and monthly on the entertainment calendar page in the Life section. News can be sent to matt.reinstetle@theledger.com or barb.stuewe@theledger.com,timeoutpolk.com or features@theledger.com. The Ledger's Friday Garden section in Life includes notices of flower and plant shows as well as any classes or seminars on home improvement. Send information by Monday for Friday publication to Garden News, P.O. Box 408, Lakeland 33802 or fax to 802-7809. The last Sunday of each month, a special Today's Senior page is published with The Ledger. It includes activities and events specially geared to the older reader. Send notices to SENIORS by the 15th of the month.

Q. How can I place a wedding announcement, engagement or anniversary in the newspaper?
A. The easiest way to make an announcement of any celebration including birth announcements is to go to The Ledger's website, www.theledger.com and click on the Life tab at the top of the page. Then click on Celebrations. That will lead you to the proper form. You can also visit The Ledger office at 300 W. Lime St. in Lakeland and someone at the front desk can help you. For more information call 863-802-7383 or 863-802-7420. Information may also be taken to the News Chief, 455 Sixth St., Winter Haven and it can be forwarded to The Ledger.

Q. What should I do if I see a mistake in the newspaper?
A. The Ledger strives to publish a newspaper that is fair, honest and accurate. However, mistakes happen. When they do, call Executive Editor Lenore Devore at 802-7501 or the appropriate department and speak to an editor. Corrections for the news report appear on Page B1, headed "Corrections" or "Clarifications."

Q. What should I do if I want to write a letter to the editor?
A. The Ledger welcomes letters to the editor, which are printed daily on the editorial page in print and online. Letters – which should be signed and include the writer's full name, address and telephone number – should be mailed to voice@theledger.com:
Voice of the People
P.O. Box 408
Lakeland FL 33802

Q. How do I get an obituary, funeral notice or in memoriam in the newspaper?
A. Obituaries, funeral notices and in memoriams are paid notices. Information must be submitted by individuals or funeral homes and cremation societies. Information must be submitted in writing that includes the name, address and phone number of the person or funeral home or crematorium submitting the information, as well as the name and phone number of the funeral home or crematorium handling the services. Information may be emailed to: obits@theledger.com or faxed to 863-802-7866. Deadlines are 3 p.m. weekdays and 2 p.m. weekends for next day publication. The individual placing the funeral notice must prepay. For more information, call 863-802-7350.

Q. How do I get back copies of the Ledger?
A. Back copies can be bought at the front desk from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Prices:
* Daily and Saturday editions are 75 cents.
* Sunday editions are $1.50.
Customers should call 863-802-7000 before coming to see whether newspapers are available.
To order back issues by mail, call 863-802-7208.

Q. How do I place a classified ad?
A. Classified ads can be placed online. Or you can call 863-802-7355 or 1-888-669-7355.

The classified department is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. It closed on weekends.

Deadline is 2:45 p.m. daily for the next day's paper; 3 p.m. Friday for Saturday, Sunday and Monday papers.

Q. How do I find out about job opportunities at The Ledger?
A. Check out job opportunities at The Ledger and our sister newspapers, and apply online.

Q. How do I subscribe to The Ledger?
A. Customers may subscribe online and use our secure ordering form. Or you may call Subscriber Services at 863-802-7323, 299-2141, or toll-free at 1-888-431-7323.

Q. What should I do if I don't receive my paper?
A. Call Subscriber Services, which is open from 6 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 6 to 9 a.m. on Saturdays, 6 to 11 a.m. on Sundays, and 6 to 9 a.m. on holidays. The phone numbers are 863-802-7323, 299-2141, or toll-free at 1-888-431-7323.

Customers may also fill out our online service trouble form.

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