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HAINES CITY – After moving to the area from Miami, R.J. Grimsley says he found it difficult to find fun activities for kids. As the father of five boys and the coach of a youth football team, transporting them to Orlando or Tampa for something to do was just not feasible.

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HAINES CITY – Elected officials and Winter Haven developer Rennie Heath discussed how impact fees work during a Haines City Commission meeting July 2.

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As of July 1, the Polk County Commission still had nearly $25 million in pandemic relief money available to help individuals and businesses affected by the economic crisis tied to the pandemic.

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According to the latest labor statistics, the region in Florida where most pandemic-related job loss took place was — by far — Central Florida.

HAINES CITY – Mayor Morris West signed an executive order “strongly encouraging” anyone doing business within city limits to wear a mask during a Haines City Commission Special Call meeting on June 23.

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Four of Polk County's constitutional officers won't have to worry about finding a job come August or November, because no one challenged them in either of those upcoming elections.

A surge in the number of coronavirus cases in Florida has sparked concerns over the National Basketball Association’s plans to resume play next month at Walt Disney World, near the Four Corners area.

After warning of big budget vetoes because of the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Ron DeSantis on June 24 secured the fate of one major spending item: teacher pay increases.

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Florida’s ban on serving alcohol to people in bars will be reevaluated daily, the state’s top business regulator said in a series of tweets over the weekend that also offered apologies for the crackdown.

HAINES CITY – During a telephonic court hearing on June 25, Tenth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Steven Selph set a final hearing to rule on the contested Haines City municipal election.

HAINES CITY – Corey Crosthwaite, a youth pastor for Still Water Christian Life Center, recently invited Haines City Police Chief James R. Elensky to send some of his officers to the church to speak to his youth group, giving the youth and parents the opportunity to ask questions in the after…

HAINES CITY – City Commissioners approved a five-year contract extension with a vendor that provides multiple “red light cameras” and two Automatic License Plate Recognition trailers to the city on June 18.

Last week, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd announced the results of “Operation Guardians of Innocence V” — including 16 arrests involving those in the possession, promotion and distribution of child pornography.

TALLAHASSEE — Confronted by yet another record day of new coronavirus infections, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Saturday said the state would begin cracking down on restaurants and bars that don’t follow guidelines limiting the number of people inside the establishments but stood by his decision not …

State and local tax revenues from hotels will drop an estimated $1.3 billion this year in Florida because of the coronavirus-driven reduction in travel, according to a study released June 18 by the American Hotel & Lodging Association.

POLK COUNTY — There's still more than $30 million up for grabs for small businesses in Polk County's Polk CARES recovery program, officials announced last week — but the $15 million pot set aside for individuals and families is already more than half spent.

WINTER HAVEN – When Lou Delco noticed the three pickup trucks backed into his restaurant’s parking spaces so the passengers inside could enjoy the music, he knew he’d found the solution he’d been looking for.

POLK COUNTY – For those who have something to say in reference to Polk County Public Schools Superintendent Jacqueline Byrd unexpectedly announcing her retirement on May 19, a public input meeting has been scheduled for June 30 at 5 p.m. to allow members of the public to voice their opinion.

TALLAHASSEE — More than 200,000 new unemployment claims were filed two weeks ago in Florida, as the state has transitioned into the second phase of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ plan to reemerge economically from the coronavirus pandemic.

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