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WINTER HAVEN – In the summer of 2004, the eyes of three strong hurricanes passed through Polk County. Some of the yard debris picked up by the Winter Haven Solid Waste Department was dumped where the Lake Maude Recreation Complex is currently being built.

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POLK COUNTY – On Aug. 28, parents at five area public schools were notified by letter that elevated amounts of lead were present in the potable water supply. Three days later Polk County Public Schools Maintenance Services Manager, Rory Lucy led a press conference to discuss the news.

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WINTER HAVEN – Starting as soon as next month, construction of a wetlands park similar to the park on the south side of Lake Howard will commence on the south side of Lake Conine, Winter Haven Public Works Director M.J. Carnevale said.

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POLK COUNTY – For the first time in eight years, Polk County Public Schools have a state grade of “B” and school staff, students and area business leaders are celebrating by sharing the good news in advertising on a special Citrus Connection bus called the “B Bus.”

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WINTER HAVEN – A Winter Haven police officer was arrested by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday, Aug 28 and charged with breaking the leg of an alleged drug dealer in three places inside a jail cell at WHPD headquarters June 23.

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WINTER HAVEN – Longtime Winter Haven residents may remember the old Social Security building downtown next to the Ritz Theatre.

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WINTER HAVEN – Annually Winter Haven City Commissioners vote to certify a list of property owners who neglect to pay for code compliance fees.

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WINTER HAVEN – In the summer of 2004, the eyes of three strong hurricanes passed through Polk County. Some of the yard debris picked up by the Winter Haven Solid Waste Department was dumped where the Lake Maude Recreation Complex is currently being built.

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POLK COUNTY – On Aug. 28, parents at five area public schools were notified by letter that elevated amounts of lead were present in the potable water supply. Three days later Polk County Public Schools Maintenance Services Manager, Rory Lucy led a press conference to discuss the news.

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WINTER HAVEN – Starting as soon as next month, construction of a wetlands park similar to the park on the south side of Lake Howard will commence on the south side of Lake Conine, Winter Haven Public Works Director M.J. Carnevale said.

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POLK COUNTY – For the first time in eight years, Polk County Public Schools have a state grade of “B” and school staff, students and area business leaders are celebrating by sharing the good news in advertising on a special Citrus Connection bus called the “B Bus.”

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WINTER HAVEN – By now you may have already heard that a Lake Wales Uber driver killed a Winter Haven resident last week in a stand your ground case on Dundee Road that Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd called a justified homicide.

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POLK COUNTY – In January 1978, Edward J. Wolfe moved to Polk County from Pennsylvania to begin work as one of the first ever computer programmer trainees for the county.

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WINTER HAVEN – In late July 2018, in response to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi filing legal action against leadership of the non-profit Ritz Theatre over multiple allegations of civil misconduct, the Ritz board attempted to resolve their legal problems by listing the property for sale f…

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POLK COUNTY – Around a year ago the Polk County School Board voted to start a pilot program to transform Crystal Lake Elementary in Lakeland from a traditional school into a hub of education, health and social services that would serve residents in the surrounding area.

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Nominations are now being accepted for the Diversity Awards given annually at the Diversity Luncheon which is scheduled at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 19.

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POLK COUNTY – Dr. Joy Jackson, director of the Florida Department of Health Director in Polk County, gave her annual State of the Health in Polk County presentation to county commissioners, staff and residents Aug. 21.

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First, it was the sand skinks, then it was a discovery that the site to be developed into Lake Maude Recreation Complex was sitting on an unearthed burn pit.

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POLK COUNTY – Canna Fest Florida 2018 is being billed as the largest marijuana event in the southeast United States.

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WINTER HAVEN – A Winter Haven police officer was arrested Tuesday, Aug 28 and charged with breaking the leg of an alleged drug dealer in three places after a two-month investigation by State Attorney Brian Haas.

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WINTER HAVEN – Pending permission from Judge Catherine Combee, the Ritz Theatre in downtown Winter Haven will be purchased by Winter Haven residents Jessie Skubna and Robbie Loftus, owners of two nearby downtown bars.

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Cypress Inlet Vacation Rentals & Freedom Boat Club held a ribbon cutting for their new property last week. Considered a "one-stop shop for travelers, lake lovers, and visitors," condos can be rented with direct access to the Chain of Lakes at your front door. Visitors and Winter Haven re…

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City officials clarified at last Monday's formal commission meeting that the requested recycling rate increase "requested" by Advance Disposal will not be passed on to City of Winter Haven customers.

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