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A recent article in Business Facilities called Florida an “economic super-state,” praising the way our state “excels at getting people, products and services anywhere.”

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POLK COUNTY – Virgin Train USA Vice President of Government Affairs Bob O’Malley spoke during the SVN Sanders Ralston Dantzler Real Estate I4 Commercial Corridor Conference June 28 at Florida Polytechnic University.

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WINTER HAVEN – On June 28, the Florida Attorney General’s Office filed a motion that nearly marks the end of court involvement with the Ritz Theatre in downtown Winter Haven.

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WINTER HAVEN – On May 17, 2018, City of Winter Haven staff hosted a public hearing to discuss building a new skate park to replace the little-used skate park in Rotary Park. At the time, city staff were considering spending $330,000 in Downtown Community Redevelopment Agency funding on such …

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POLK COUNTY – On Feb. 6, Davenport resident Charles Aguon II, the headmaster of a private school called Kingdom Prep in Auburndale and a man known to his students as “Pastor Tiger,” was arrested on multiple charges related to child molestation.

Jason and Brittany Smith of Winter Haven recently won a free family portrait after they were randomly selected in a national sweepstakes coordinated by Pure Leaf staff, a tea made by the PepsiCo corporation.

WINTER HAVEN – Nicolas J. Barrios, a financial services investor in the Winter Haven area since 2000, was permanently barred from the industry June 11 for allegedly stealing business from his employer, according to recently published Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) documents.

POLK COUNTY – Earlier this year, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission made a decision to temporarily halt all aquatic herbicide spraying of Florida’s lakes and rivers over public concern that the practice was contributing to algae blooms downstream and negatively impacting f…

DAVENPORT – Generally speaking, at the onset of most city commission meetings, there may be a proclamation or two -- statements in support of local groups or initiatives. These proclamations are rarely controversial, but over the past month that pattern was irregular.

WINTER HAVEN – Winter Haven High School Class of 2018 graduate Kassie Provost traveled to France with the Florida State University Marching Chiefs band to participate in France’s official D-Day Normandy Parade June 3-10.

LAKE WALES – Longtime Mid Florida Youth Football & Cheerleading Conference coach Richard Deloach was honored June 4 by the Lake Wales City Commission for his 35 years of experience working with local children.

LAKE WALES – Over the past several weeks, Lake Wales code enforcement officers, Lake Wales Police officers, city staff and real estate developer Ray Brown have had incidents of conflict.

BARTOW – To mark the 100th anniversary of the American Legion – and the 100th anniversary of the American Legion Post 3 in Bartow – the local chapter honored World War II veteran Bill Hand with a Quilt of Valor.

LAKE WALES – At the May 21 Lake Wales City Commission meeting, Lake Ashton resident Borden Deane alleged that, 20 years ago, the developer of Lake Ashton paid $19,800 in impact fees so city staff could build sidewalks from the retirement community down Thompson Nursery Road to U.S. 27.

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