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Florida now has more than 8,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 following the addition of more than a thousand new cases on April 1. As of 11 a.m. April 2, the Florida Department of Health says there are 8,010 cases in Florida — 7,717 of which are Florida residents.

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Pictured is the original downtown Winter Haven Southern Railway Station. It was located about 100 feet west of the Times Square building. Now the area is parking, adjacent to South Central Park.

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LAKE WALES — To honor the 400th Anniversary of the Mayflower, the Lake Wales Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution recently honored 16 local students at an award ceremony held at the Lake Ashton Health & Fitness Center.

A spokesperson for Lakeland-based Publix Super Markets, Inc., confirmed on March 26 that the grocery store chain would be installing plexiglass partitions on a companywide basis as part of the response to the spread of COVID-19.

Deputies from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence in the Poinciana area of Kissimmee, in unincorporated Polk County, the morning of March 19 and learned that a man there had shot and killed his live-in girlfriend and then refused to exit the home.

Undercover detectives from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and partnering agencies conducted a seven-day undercover operation, from March 16, during which detectives posed as girls and boys online — on social media platforms and online dating sites — to investigate those who prey upon and t…

POLK COUNTY — Drivers in northeast Polk will have to wait a few more years, but the widening of County Road 557, from Lake Alfred to its interchange with Interstate 4, will move ahead after the county commission last month okayed plans for the multi-laning of six miles of the overburdened tw…

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday took far-reaching actions to combat the coronavirus as he ordered bars and nightclubs to close for the next month and as state universities moved to hold online classes for the rest of the spring.

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Ron DeSantis announced on Monday that Florida will begin a $50 million bridge-loan program for businesses hurt by the novel coronavirus and that he has directed the state’s revenue department to extend deadlines for businesses to pay corporate income taxes.

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Ron DeSantis, while contending that many Florida residents are not at risk of getting the coronavirus, announced on March 14 a 30-day ban on visits to nursing homes as he acknowledged that the virus is spreading through some communities.

The Winter Haven Police Department (WHPD) is excited to invite you out for the WHPD 5K! Walk, jog or run your way around Downtown Winter Haven to earn a finisher medal and burn some calories in a fun way! WHPD has a close relationship with Special Olympics Florida and your entry fee will go …

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