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POLK COUNTY — Relief funding is on its way to Polk County’s small businesses and residents as the first checks from the Polk CARES 2020 funding were mailed from Bartow on May 22, just days after the county began accepting applications for funding.

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HAINES CITY – The Haines City Commission voted on May 21 to request that Tenth Circuit Court Judge Steven Selph call for a special election in reference to a candidate who recently won a city commission election seat and was later alleged to be ineligible to hold office.

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WINTER HAVEN – Rex Jackson, the general manager at Legoland Florida Resort, met with Vice President Mike Pence, Gov. Ron DeSantis and other leaders within the state’s tourism industry at Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando on Wednesday, May 20.

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While dozens of Polk County schools have been sitting empty due to the pandemic, school officials haven't been sitting by idly. Polk County Public Schools officials have been busy laying the groundwork for the $70 million construction of two new elementary schools, one in Davenport and the o…

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Last week, Children’s Home Society of Florida — the state’s largest provider of services to children and families — named State Representative Josie Tomkow the 2020 Legislator of the Year for her commitment to strengthen the child welfare system and improve lifetime outcomes for children.

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At a budget workshop last week, the Polk County Board of County Commissioners learned that — despite the expected financial impacts the pandemic could have on the county's coffers — the county's fiscal footing remains sound, according to Polk Budget Director Todd Bond.

HAINES CITY – Of late, several developers building residential subdivisions near Haines City have applied for those subdivisions to be annexed into the city. Over the past year, the Haines City Commissioners have had a number of close votes on such matters, with Commissioner Jayne Hall often…

TALLAHASSEE — State university system Chancellor Marshall Criser next week will present guidelines for reopening university campuses in the fall, after students were sent home in March to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Bok Tower Gardens officials announced Monday morning that the popular destination for visitors near and far will reopen to the public on Monday, June 1.

POLK COUNTY – During an online town hall meeting May 5, U.S. Rep. Darren Soto (D-Kissimmee) — whose congressional district includes much of the Osceola and Polk portions of the Four Corners region — said Congress recently appropriated an additional $12 billion in CARES Act emergency relief f…

POLK COUNTY – On May 1, Polk County Board of County Commissioners Chair Bill Braswell announced on his personal social media account that the federal government had wired $126 million directly into the county’s bank account in late April without much prior notice.

HAINES CITY – During a city commission meeting May 7, several area residents asked questions about the April 7 municipal election that is currently being contested in court.

HAINES CITY – City Clerk Linda Bourgeois asked for some work relief during a Haines City commission meeting May 7.

POLK COUNTY – On April 28, Polk County Public Schools Attorney Wes Bridges announced a recent $20 million settlement offer from insurance companies providing hurricane coverage during Hurricane Irma in 2017.

The General Federation of Women’s Clubs, an international women’s organization dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service, celebrated 126 years of volunteering on April 24. GFWC members volunteered over six million hours last year.

WINTER HAVEN – A group of veterans preparing to do a concert as music therapy for combat-related PTSD is the latest event cancellation associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

POLK COUNTY – During the “Weathering the Storm” webinar hosted April 16 by SVN Saunders Ralston Dantzler, Managing Partner Gary Ralston explained that — according to data he has collected — around half of all retail tenants and around a third of all residential tenants have sought rent relie…

Polk County’s Class of 2020 seniors were recently asked for feedback regarding how their graduation might be handled in light of the pandemic and, at the outset of a school board work session April 28, Polk County Public Schools Superintendent Jacqueline Byrd shared the results — and the dis…

HAINES CITY – On April 16, the city commission discussed a proposal to build more than 700 new houses and a dog park at a site east of Power Line Road, between Johnson Avenue/Marion Creek Road and Baker Dairy Road.

WINTER HAVEN – Since the onset of the pandemic, Marilyn Lacey, the owner of Home Remedy Winter Haven, has manufactured and donated more than a thousand bottles of hand sanitizer to assisted living facilities, post offices and clinics in the area.

TALLAHASSEE — As of April 16, payments had been made to roughly 4 percent of the more than 800,000 people who have filed jobless claims since the novel coronavirus started closing businesses across the state.

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Raymond “Ray” Ordell Halverson (1934-2020) went home to be with the Lord on Jan. 22, 2020 at the age of 85 after a short but rough battle with cancer. The funeral service will be held at Trinity Evangelical Free Church, 890 Abrams Road, Eustis, Florida at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28. It will al…