Three Polk County Commissioners were sworn in last week, two of whom are returning incumbents and the third of whom is back on the board following a hiatus that included six years as a state representative, as well as time serving as a member of the Southwest Florida Water Management Distric…

Three Polk County Commissioners were sworn in last week, two of whom are returning incumbents and the third of whom is back on the board following a hiatus that included six years as a state representative, as well as time serving as a member of the Southwest Florida Water Management Distric…

Nine lawmakers were excused from attending the legislative organization session in Tallahassee on Nov. 17 because they tested positive for COVID-19 or were exposed to the coronavirus in recent days.

Florida is expected to see its population increase by an average of more than 303,000 residents a year and is forecast to have 23.1 million people in April 2025, a new report by state analysts shows.

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HAINES CITY — For the past several months, members of the Haines City Charter Review Committee have been meeting to discuss whether any changes needed to be made to the Haines City Charter.

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HAINES CITY — Two veterans were invited to speak during a Veteran's Day celebration at the Haines City Library Nov. 11.

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“Where Art Thou?” was the first question God asked man and is also the name of the book written by Henry Babers, Sr., the pastor of Parkview Christian Life Center in Haines City. The book seeks to provide readers with answers from the word of God that will reshape their lives in a Christ-lik…

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A Winter Haven teenager was arrested for allegedly leading three younger teenagers during a home invasion in Polk City on Nov. 9.

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LAKE WALES — Staff with Dyer Chevrolet Lake Wales, members of Lake Wales American Legion Post 71 and All Veterans Center volunteers hosted a Veteran's Day Lunch at Dyer Chevrolet Lake Wales on Nov. 11.

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WINTER HAVEN — Knights of Columbus Council 7091 
of Cypress Gardens honored Jerry and Kristel Melnitzke with a Family of the Month award for their service to the Knights of Columbus and its Frank J. Durbin Fourth Degree Assembly 2608. The award was presented by Grand Knight Ed Luteran at a r…

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TALLAHASSEE — Reports sent last week to state lawmakers about three controversial toll-road projects point to a need for a deeper dive into the future traffic needs of the state.

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More than 11,400 workers at Walt Disney properties across Central Florida will be laid off on New Years’ Eve, as tourism remains sluggish from the coronavirus pandemic.

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A new 3,328-square-foot leisure swimming pool is the latest addition to the Haines City Parks and Recreation department's aquatic inventory.

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Polk County Public Schools and the Florida Department of Health-Polk have partnered to create a COVID-19 call center that opened Nov. 2. The call center will be open from 12:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week, except for school holidays. The phone number is 863-298-5206.

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Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration, which has made a concerted effort to scale back restrictions enacted because of the coronavirus, wants to make it easier for residents of long-term care facilities to reunite with families for the holidays — even it means forgoing COVID-19 testing.

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Incoming House Speaker Chris Sprowls on Nov. 5 rolled out a leadership team and committee changes, including a new committee that will be directed to look at the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic and plan for future emergencies.

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Central Florida Speech and Hearing Center held its “Mr. Central Florida” event Oct. 29, with Polk County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Jim Ostojic claiming the honor. According to a social media post, Ostojic raised more than $80,000, which broke all previous records.

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The month of November is Aviation History Month, so I figured it would be interesting to not only take a look back at the history of the Aviation Unit at the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, but also fill you in on what the unit does for our fine community.

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The grandson of citrus magnate and philanthropist Ben Hill Griffin, Jr. has only been at the helm of Ben Hill Griffin, Inc. for a few months since his father passed, but Ben Hill Griffin IV is already making waves in Frostproof.

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First-time unemployment claims in Florida continued to slow during the week that ended Oct. 24, though a survey indicates small businesses remain concerned about a sluggish recovery during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Davenport resident Henry Kebabjian said he is going to fight the City of Lake Wales in court over the city’s attempt to foreclose on the historic Seminole Hotel in downtown Lake Wales.

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Geanie Folder formerly worked in a nursing home but has long had a love of vintage items, so she started a vintage market called The Beatnik Exchange in Lakeland as a side-hustle.

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