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A spokesperson for Lakeland-based Publix Super Markets, Inc., confirmed on March 26 that the grocery store chain would be installing plexiglass partitions on a companywide basis as part of the response to the spread of COVID-19.

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The volume of positive coronavirus cases in Florida continues to tick up and the number of respective cases in all four counties making up the Four Corners region — Lake, Orange, Osceola and Polk — is in double-digits.

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POLK COUNTY – Around 60,000 devices will be deployed to students once Polk County Public School’s Spring Break is over March 30, meaning that learning will continue in an online capacity as the coronavirus pandemic continues to disrupt the daily life of Polk residents and people around the world.

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TALLAHASSEE — State lawmakers on March 19 approved a record $93.2 billion budget for next year, with attention already focused on a potential need to revisit the spending plan this summer as the novel coronavirus upends the economy.

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Deputies from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence in the Poinciana area of Kissimmee, in unincorporated Polk County, the morning of March 19 and learned that a man there had shot and killed his live-in girlfriend and then refused to exit the home.

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Undercover detectives from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and partnering agencies conducted a seven-day undercover operation, from March 16, during which detectives posed as girls and boys online — on social media platforms and online dating sites — to investigate those who prey upon and t…

On Tuesday, March 17, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced that schools in Florida will remain closed until Wednesday, April 15 — but that districts are expected to begin some type of online or remote instruction on March 30.

On Tuesday, March 17, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced that schools in Florida will remain closed until Wednesday, April 15 — but that districts are expected to begin some type of online or remote instruction on March 30.

POLK COUNTY — Drivers in northeast Polk will have to wait a few more years, but the widening of County Road 557, from Lake Alfred to its interchange with Interstate 4, will move ahead after the county commission last month okayed plans for the multi-laning of six miles of the overburdened tw…

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday took far-reaching actions to combat the coronavirus as he ordered bars and nightclubs to close for the next month and as state universities moved to hold online classes for the rest of the spring.

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Ron DeSantis announced on Monday that Florida will begin a $50 million bridge-loan program for businesses hurt by the novel coronavirus and that he has directed the state’s revenue department to extend deadlines for businesses to pay corporate income taxes.

LAKE WALES — As the global pandemic precautions for COVID-19 continue to unfold, Bok Tower Gardens remains committed to the safety of our visitors, volunteers and staff.

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Ron DeSantis, while contending that many Florida residents are not at risk of getting the coronavirus, announced on March 14 a 30-day ban on visits to nursing homes as he acknowledged that the virus is spreading through some communities.

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday declared a state of emergency that would broaden his powers to respond to the novel coronavirus, including allowing him to deploy National Guard troops if necessary.

LAKELAND – Gov. Ron DeSantis was the keynote speaker at the SVN | Saunders Ralston Dantzler Real Estate 2020 Lay of the Land Florida Land Conference at the RP Funding Center Friday, Feb. 29.

POLK COUNTY – Municipal elections are set to take place in Bartow, Davenport, Lake Wales, Haines City, Lake Hamilton and Mulberry on April 7.

OSCEOLA COUNTY – Osceola County District 1 Commissioner Peggy Choudhry awarded $6,000 in Community Betterment Grant dollars to a variety of community partners during a live announcement on Feb. 17

Can we all agree that dog people are better than cat people? I’m totally kidding! If you said yes, though, you’re going to want to zip over to Celebration this Saturday for its “Posh Pooch” event!

HAINES CITY — A member of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office for nearly 30 years, Loyd Stewart was named deputy chief of the Haines City Police Department and started his tenure this month.

HAINES CITY — The Haines City industrial property, constructed in 1918 and commonly referred to by locals as the “old fertilizer plant,” is set for demolition. City officials announced the news Feb. 13.

LAKE COUNTY — Lake County has now integrated texting into its 911 answering system, allowing residents in need of emergency services to reach a first responder via text when calling is not an option.

You might have heard in the news that the father of pop singer Taylor Swift recently thwarted a burglar in his St. Petersburg home when he came home during the crime.

Vote by Mail ballots are now available for eligible voters who wish to vote by mail in Florida’s Presidential Preference Primary Election. The March 17 contest is open only to registered Democrats or registered Republicans wishing to choose their presidential nominee.

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