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BARTOW – While the winners of the fifth annual Herbert Dixon Celebrity Golf Tournament sure had plenty to celebrate, so did the organizers of the event that took place Jan. 5 at Bartow Golf Club.

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BARTOW – While the winners of the fifth annual Herbert Dixon Celebrity Golf Tournament sure had plenty to celebrate, so did the organizers of the event that took place Jan. 5 at Bartow Golf Club.

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WINTER HAVEN – Recent candidate for Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Baxter Troutman was arrested a second time for allegedly abusing his wife, Rebecca “Becky” Troutman, on Jan. 4.

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WINTER HAVEN – A street fight involving 20-30 people resulted in seven arrests Christmas night, with five of those individuals arrested being charged with battery on responding officers.

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The Bartow High School band is set to host one of its signature events, with its annual Prism Concert set to serve up good music and good eats spanning four shows in two days.

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On Tuesday, my personal odometer will roll over to 78 years. On this occasion for the past few years, I have reflected on what I have learned in my life. I tinker with the list a little each year. Most of what I have learned, I learned from others.

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Another year gone by, another strong showing for Lake Wales’ resident Claudette Braswell at both the Polk Senior Games and the Florida Senior Games.

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Inwood is a large unincorporated area in northwest Winter Haven. It is bounded by the shore of Lake Cannon to the east, Havendale Boulevard to the north, 42nd Street to the west and Avenue G or Lake Deer to the South. It has evolved into a diverse mixture of mostly blue-collar families. It i…

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WINTER HAVEN – The Winter Haven Planning Commission, a group of appointed area residents who make recommendations to elected city commissioners, voted to approve four requests Jan. 3.

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The Bartow High School band is set to host one of its signature events, with its annual Prism Concert set to serve up good music and good eats spanning four shows in two days.

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With school going back in session after the holidays, that means local high-school girls basketball teams will jump back into the heart of their district games this month, making it a good time to get a gauge on where some of the East Polk teams stand.

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WINTER HAVEN – A good portion of the downtown area was evacuated Saturday, Dec. 29, after two chemicals somehow got mixed, causing noxious fumes that sent two individuals to the hospital.

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POLK COUNTY – The Polk County Commission was scheduled to vote on repealing the county panhandling ordinance Jan. 8. The vote took place after press time, but was likely repealed, based on County Attorney Michael Craig's recommendation.

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Chain of Lakes Elementary received a special recognition this past October during the Exceeding Expectations Conference in Orlando.

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POLK COUNTY – A new year is upon us, and as we look forward to what is in store for 2019, our staff has decided to also reflect on all that happened in 2018.

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POLK COUNTY – A new year is upon us, and as we look forward to what is in store for 2019, our staff has decided to also reflect on all that happened in 2018.

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POLK COUNTY – Six months after a water authority representing Polk County filed an injunction against a water authority representing Charlotte, Desoto, Sarasota and Manatee counties, a settlement was recently reached. Polk County officials have been relatively silent about the injunction unt…

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As the vast majority of Americans rushed to complete the purchase and delivery of gifts, then turned to celebrating both the religious and secular traditions of Christmas Day, some 800,000 employees of the nation’s largest and most inefficient bureaucracy were impacted by a partial governmen…

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LAKE WALES – Parents and residents will have several ways to get questions answered when the City of Lake Wales hosts its middle school forum Jan. 10.

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As a law enforcement agency, we often caution people about their use of social media. And while there are some things on the internet that can be dangerous, especially for children, social media does have some good things to offer.

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WINTER HAVEN – A piano donated to the Winter Haven Cultural Arts Advisory Committee was placed in front of Potthast Studios in downtown Winter Haven Friday, Dec. 21.

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POLK COUNTY – For the past 38 years, a Polk County clerk of courts and comptroller has been recognized for excellence by the Government Finance Officers Association.

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POLK COUNTY – On Dec. 19 the Polk Regional Water Cooperative (PRWC) board and the Peace River Manasota Regional Water Supply Authority board (PRMRWSA) both voted to settle litigation over how much water could be drawn from the Peace River for future water supplies.

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POLK COUNTY – On Dec. 19 the Polk Regional Water Cooperative (PRWC) board and the Peace River Manasota Regional Water Supply Authority board (PRMRWSA) both voted to settle litigation over how much water could be drawn from the Peace River for future water supplies.

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POLK COUNTY – Over the past couple of weeks, multiple media outlets have reported that 30,000 tons of sludge from Fort Myers are being transported to Polk County for disposal.

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WINTER HAVEN – The Winter Haven City Commission recently voted unanimously to rename the main roadway through Winter Haven Industrial Park from Winter Haven Boulevard to Bert Schulz Boulevard.

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For most of my adult life, I have been an Episcopalian, and if we Anglicans are justifiably famous for one thing, it is for our commitment to our traditions.When in doubt — a condition for which Anglicans are not particularly well known — we will do things the way we’ve always done them.

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POLK COUNTY – For the past 38 years, a Polk County clerk of courts and comptroller has been recognized for excellence by the Government Finance Officers Association.

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