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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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As students prepare for winter break and the Spring 2021 Semester, Polk State College staff reminds the College community of the counseling services and mental health resources available to assist students who are overwhelmed, coping with stress, or facing barriers to learning.

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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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On Dec. 12, the Orlando Sentinel reported that Legoland Florida Resort in Winter Haven may be transforming around four acres of what is currently parking lot space into a new section for its park in 2021.

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JLL and Intram Investments announced Dec. 14 that Intram’s affiliate, Martni Posner II, LLC has signed a lease with Hobby Lobby, represented by Katz & Associates, for a new 55,000-square-foot store to anchor Phase II of Posner Village — a 265,000-square-foot shopping center developed by …

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In October, I went on a mission to find the best dessert in Polk County. The article was so well-received that I decided to keep it rolling. All November long, I tried the best voted tacos in the county.

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With help from the popular band Metallica, 16 area residents who are either unemployed or underemployed were able to graduate from a metal-working/machinist training program at Polk State Clear Springs Advanced Technology Center on Dec. 9.

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The Polk County School Board voted recently to approve a new K-8 charter school to open in the northeast Polk area in the fall of 2021.

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Production of Florida oranges is now forecast to be about 17 percent below last season’s output, while the industry has seen a surge in demand linked to people staying home during the COVID-19 pandemic and rediscovering breakfast.

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During a Winter Haven City Commission Agenda Review meeting Dec. 9, Winter Haven Hospital President Stephen A. Nierman explained that while COVID-19 related cases spiked in November, the spike was relatively mild compared to the peak numbers of July and August in Polk County.

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The first wave of coronavirus vaccinations began in Florida on Monday, with health-care workers in Tampa and Jacksonville among the first to get inoculated.

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Along with more than 100 other Republican congressmen, Congressman Ross Spano and Congressman Greg Steube — both of whom represent districts which include portions of Polk County covered by the Sun — signed an amicus brief filed last week in support of a lawsuit that seeks to overturn the pr…

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The Polk Senior Games Board of Directors has announced that the 2021 Polk Senior Games have been cancelled. The decision was made because of the safety concerns and the many unknowns caused by the pandemic.

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Polk County Sheriff’s Office Organized Retail Crime Detectives, working with the Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody's Office of Statewide Prosecution and the Georgia Bureau of Investigations, developed five suspects — all from Georgia — during an investigation that started in August of 20…

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Polk County Commissioners will gather at their annual business retreat in February to talk about a wide range of issues, many of which were enumerated by Commissioner George Lindsey during an address to the commission shortly after his re-election in November.

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Florida on Dec. 3 ramped up plans to vaccinate seniors for COVID-19 by publishing two emergency rules that require nursing homes and assisted living facilities to allow representatives from the state health department, CVS and Walgreens into the facilities.

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On Wednesday, December 2, 18-year-old Tarmetris Daniel Mack and 17-year-old Alfred Higgs, Jr., both of whom are Osceola County residences and who both have Polk County warrants for armed robbery and first degree murder, turned themselves in to the Polk County Sheriff's Office at the Northeas…

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Florida’s vital tourism industry could start to experience an uptick midway through 2021, although foreign travel will continue to lag for several years, according to information posted online Nov. 24 by state analysts.

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of Cypress Gardens honored Steve Hilbmann with its prestigious Knight of the Month award for his strong commitment to voluntarily assisting military veterans with a wide range of special needs — in addition to his active involvement in the Knights of Columbus.

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Cameron Lee Cruz, age 43, passed away unexpectedly in Mount Dora, Florida on December 5, 2020. Cameron was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan at Blodgett Memorial Hospital. Cam was beloved at every school he was at, starting at Crestwood Elementary in Rockford, Michigan where he became fast frie…

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…