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The Boy Scouts of America’s Greater Tampa Bay Area Council held a record-shattering Scouting for Food Drive in February, with scouts assembling more than 45,000 pounds of food for local pantries across their nine-county territory.

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Polk County Commissioners recently learned that proposed improvements to both Cypress Parkway and Marigold Avenue, in the northeast area of the county, will cost about $45 million — and they also learned that the project has fallen about six months behind its original schedule.

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HAINES CITY — Plans for transforming a former industrial fertilizer plant into a new public park in Haines City were potentially set back following a Florida Department of Environmental Protection study, the findings of which were recently released.

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On March 15, the Davenport City Commission authorized city staff to hire Tantrums Lakeside Grill staff to sell alcohol at the city’s “Grills Gone Wild” BBQ competition, which is scheduled for April 23 and 24.

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On March 26, the Lake Wales Police Department published a press release and a 197-page document detailing the Polk County Sheriff's Office independent investigation regarding the arrest of Lake Wales resident Chris Cordero. PCSO staff concluded that two LWPD officers had done nothing crimina…

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The weather was absolutely perfect for the 43rd Annual Victor Smith Law Group Central Park Art Festival this past weekend in downtown Winter Haven, hosted by the Ridge Art Association.

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Residents living in some areas southwest of Winter Haven argued to the Polk Board of County Commissioners last week against the development of Spirit Landings, a planned development of about 65 homes on a triangular parcel of land bounded by Spirit Lake Road, Old Bartow Eagle Lake Road and L…

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During a Polk County School Board work session March 9, staff told members of the board that the amount of money spent on obesity-related healthcare for insured teachers, school administrators and their families far exceeded money spent on any other health care claims in 2020.

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Offering one of the most picturesque race routes around, the Carillon Classic 5K presented by AdventHealth returns to Bok Tower Gardens on Saturday, May 1, at 7:30 a.m.

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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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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…