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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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HAINES CITY – The WAY Center will hold its 15th Annual Fall Fundraiser on Thursday, Oct. 22, from 6 – 8 p.m. at Snively Ranch in Haines City.

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Polk County Fire Rescue has equipped all 43 of its medical rescue units with new Z Vent portable ventilators that staff say will help save lives not only during the coronavirus pandemic, but for years to come.

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Couples preparing to tie the knot have faced a lot of obstacles in 2020 and Polk County Clerk of Courts and Comptroller Stacy Butterfield hopes that the office’s new online marriage application will make the process of applying for a marriage license easier.

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Polk County Sheriff’s Office narcotics detectives developed information in September of 2020 that a source of illegal narcotics was trafficking methamphetamine from Colorado to Polk County.

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DAVENPORT– Roughly nine months after breaking ground, the $85 million state-of-the-art high school being built in the northeast area of Polk County was recently named Davenport High School.

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The City of Davenport's Annual Spooky Halloween and Trunk or Treat event will take place on Saturday, October 31, from 6-9 p.m. at Lewis Mathews Field — located at 400 Palm Street.

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In a rapid-fire public hearing last week, the Polk County Commission put it's final stamp of approval on a $1.79 billion budget for the 2020-2021 fiscal year, lowered the property tax rate and, in earlier action, okayed a development in the Kathleen area — despite protests from neighboring p…

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For the 11th consecutive year, the millage rate for Osceola County residents remains unchanged, as Osceola County Commissioners approved a $1.6 billion FY 2021 budget Sept. 21 that provides necessary services to the citizens with a continued focus on transportation, housing services and publ…

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First Presbyterian Church in Haines City opens its food pantry every Wednesday from noon until 1 p.m. at 104 Scenic Highway. For more information, call (863) 422-3334.

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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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HAINES CITY – Deputy City Clerk Erica Anderson will be formally promoted to Haines City Clerk during a Haines City Commission meeting Oct. 1.

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Over the last six months, COVID-19 has been life-changing for many business owners at the Cagan Crossings Town Center, located in Clermont in the Four Corners region of Lake County.

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Northridge Church will host “The Return - A National Day of Prayer.” The simulcast will be shown from 9 a.m.–9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26. The church is located at 2250 State Road 17 South in Haines City.

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Last week, a Bartow man was ushered out of the Polk Board of County Commissioners’ annual budget public hearing after raising questions about the county's proposed $20 fire service assessment increase.

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TALLAHASSEE — Florida continues to see a steady decline in first-time unemployment claims, even as several large hospitality and entertainment companies have extended and imposed large-scale layoffs because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Staff for AdventHealth say the healthcare provider invested $1.2 billion in Central Florida in 2019, furthering its commitment to caring for the region’s most vulnerable and addressing key issues like food insecurity, mental health and overall access to care.

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As conditions continue to diminish at Kissimmee’s Star Motel, located near Four Corners, Osceola County’s Human Services Department is working to secure safe accommodations for the property’s residents in partnership with local organizations.

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