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Polk County Schools Superintendent Jacqueline Byrd and her staff recently suggested school board members vote to approve a rule that would make it unethical for board members not to support a school policy once it is instated.

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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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The man hired to landscape Bok Tower Gardens — Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. — was also hired to transform the City of Lake Wales into a “Garden City” back in the 1920s.

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Winter Haven police detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating 38 year-old Beloni Petitfrere – a person of interest who may have knowledge about a double homicide Oct. 14 at the Rose Motel, located on U.S.17 in Winter Haven.

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In the aftermath of an almost fatal truck versus bicycle hit-and-run accident in Frostproof on Monday, Oct. 12, many took to social media in an attempt to bring the truck driver out of hiding.

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WINTER HAVEN – A Winter Haven Hospital emergency generator fuel tank spill impacting Lake Martha back in July should be cleaned up by the end of October.

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FORT MEADE – During a city commission meeting Sept. 22, Fort Meade City Attorney Thomas Cloud said that the city may back out of the Polk Regional Water Cooperative proposal to build two desalination plants in Polk County.

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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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