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The Haines City Rotary Club’s “Chili On The Ridge” chili cookoff is scheduled March 6 at Lake Eva Events Center between noon and 3 p.m.

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Haines City Attorney Fred Reilly recently negotiated a donation agreement between the city and AdventHealth for 3.7 acres of land for a new emergency operations center to be built adjacent to AdventHealth Heart of Florida Hospital.

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On Thursday, Feb. 25, Ridge Community High School Principal Angela Clark announced that Ladona Brigman, an English teacher at the school, has died of heart-related issues. Her death was not related to COVID-19, per the statement.

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The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in AdventHealth’s Central Florida Division has dropped slightly, described as a “plateau” in the most recent surge, said Dr. Rebecca Gomez, a hospitalist and the chair of the internal medicine department at AdventHealth Orlando.

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City of Haines City staff announced last week that residents — and their four-legged companions — would soon be able to enjoy a municipal dog park.

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On Feb. 12, world-renowned daredevil Nik Wallenda will “walk the plank” as he walks across a high wire five stories — or 60 feet — above park guests to celebrate the debut of Legoland Florida Resort’s all-new Brickbeard’s Watersports Stunt Show and PirateFest Weekends.

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Businesses will remain open for the economic well-being of the state even as COVID-19 cases continue to surge in Florida, the head of a Senate select committee on the pandemic said Jan. 21.

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Florida Polytechnic University professor Dr. Muhammad Rashid has been listed among the top 2% of scientists in a global list compiled by Stanford University. At number 617, Rashid was ranked in the top 1% of the 87,611 scientists in his field of electronics and electrical engineering in the study.

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The Florida Department of Health in Polk County announced Dec. 30 that it had received a limited amount of the COVID-19 vaccine and that department officials are currently developing a plan for distribution that meets the requirements of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ executive order as quickly …

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The Polk County History Center’s popular lunch and learn series is shifting to Saturdays in 2021, and includes interactive elements designed to get attendees and their “Quaranteam” out exploring Polk County.

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Polk County Sheriff’s Office Organized Retail Crime Detectives, working with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Attorney General's Office of Statewide Prosecution, developed eight suspects statewide during an investigation that started in August of 2019.

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The 2021 Florida Association of Counties calendar, themed “Show Us Your Spectacular,” includes a familiar Polk County attraction taken by a local photographer to represent the month of October.

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Polk County commissioners gave a green light last week for the construction of two more new fire and emergency services stations — one in Loughman, in the northeast county, and the other almost opposite, in Galloway.

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Preparing for the start of pre-session meetings in January, House Speaker Chris Sprowls on Friday released committee and subcommittee assignments for House members and named the leaders of subcommittees.

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