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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 – 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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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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The $400,000 quoted at last week's city commission meeting is just an "estimate" put together by M.J. Carnevale, city public works director. It is related to a portion of what the city owes the county for certain cleanup services.

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