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Polk County Schools Superintendent Jacqueline Byrd and her staff recently suggested school board members vote to approve a rule that would make it unethical for board members not to support a school policy once it is instated.

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Supporters of the Central Florida Development Council celebrated more than $700 million in various capital investments in Polk County over the course of the past few years during the organization's annual meeting Oct. 15, held at the Polk State College Center for Public Safety in Winter Haven.

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The man hired to landscape Bok Tower Gardens — Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. — was also hired to transform the City of Lake Wales into a “Garden City” back in the 1920s.

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In the aftermath of an almost fatal truck versus bicycle hit-and-run accident in Frostproof on Monday, Oct. 12, many took to social media in an attempt to bring the truck driver out of hiding.

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Winter Haven police detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating 38 year-old Beloni Petitfrere – a person of interest who may have knowledge about a double homicide Oct. 14 at the Rose Motel, located on U.S.17 in Winter Haven.

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FORT MEADE – During a city commission meeting Sept. 22, Fort Meade City Attorney Thomas Cloud said that the city may back out of the Polk Regional Water Cooperative proposal to build two desalination plants in Polk County.

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FROSTPROOF – Polk County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested Amanda Lynn Brown Sept. 23 for fraudulently setting up a GoFundMe account to benefit the families of Brandon Rollins, Keven Springfield and Damion Tillman.

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Gov. Ron DeSantis lifted state COVID-19 business restrictions Friday, Sept. 25, including limits on the numbers of people who can dine in restaurants, while also prohibiting local governments from closing restaurants and collecting fines from people who don’t wear face masks in public.

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Lake Wales city commissioners revisited its mandatory mask ordinance during a work session Sept. 16 – and although some of the key indicators of the spread are trending in a positive direction – two commissioners are still in favor of keeping the local law in place, and two opposing its cont…

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Bartow residents will be finding their annual tax rates and other city-levied fees about the same on their 2020 tax bills, according to the city's annual $133.8 million budget recently adopted by the city commission.

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