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POLK COUNTY – Originally, community leaders charged with planning the 2020 U.S. Census awareness campaign had designated May as the time to begin door-to-door outreach, seeking county residents who had yet to self-respond to the census.

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BARTOW — Last week, Bartow Police Chief Joe Hall abruptly announced his retirement at the end of May.

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HAINES CITY – Of late, several developers building residential subdivisions near Haines City have applied for those subdivisions to be annexed into the city. Over the past year, the Haines City Commissioners have had a number of close votes on such matters, with Commissioner Jayne Hall often…

TALLAHASSEE — State university system Chancellor Marshall Criser next week will present guidelines for reopening university campuses in the fall, after students were sent home in March to curb the spread of COVID-19.

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Holding a remote meeting for the first time last week, the Bartow City Commission welcomed new Commissioner Steve Githens, named its mayor and vice-mayor for the coming year and opted to reopen the city golf course and restaurant.

BARTOW — While Bartow High School's brand new $17 million addition and renovation — completed just in time for last fall's start of the school year — sits empty for now, the school is bracing for phase two of the project, which will add even more classrooms and upgrade some more of the exist…

POLK COUNTY – During the “Weathering the Storm” webinar hosted April 16 by SVN Saunders Ralston Dantzler, Managing Partner Gary Ralston explained that — according to data he has collected — around half of all retail tenants and around a third of all residential tenants have sought rent relie…

Polk County’s Class of 2020 seniors were recently asked for feedback regarding how their graduation might be handled in light of the pandemic and, at the outset of a school board work session April 28, Polk County Public Schools Superintendent Jacqueline Byrd shared the results — and the dis…