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POLK COUNTY –Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) Executive Director Brian Armstrong told the Polk Regional Water Cooperative (PRWC) board Sept. 19 that he remembers how the water wars between Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties of the 1980s cost taxpayers millions, cre…

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WINTER HAVEN – A couple of hundred area residents converged on Central Park Sept. 11 to honor active duty military, veterans, and past and present first responders who volunteered to serve their country.

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POLK COUNTY – The Polk County School Board and the Polk Education Association, a union representing 6,612 teachers, 1,512 paraeducators and 549 clerical staff, recently reached a negotiated agreement on school staff salaries.

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WINTER HAVEN – Just about every single day, Meals on Wheels of Polk County volunteers visit 350 homes, delivering freshly cooked, hot meals to residents mostly over 65 in Winter Haven, Auburndale, Lake Alfred, Dundee, Haines City, Lake Hamilton, Davenport and parts of Lakeland.

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State law mandates that each year before a final municipal budget vote that the mayor reads into the record what the proposed rate is, and if a tax raise is proposed, why taxes are being raised.

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LAKE WALES – Remembering when to put out the trash, recyclables or yard waste is getting a little easier in Lake Wales.

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LAKE WALES – City voters will get a chance to tell Lake Wales official if they are interested in paying for a new multi-purpose recreation facility.

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LAKE WALES – For pickleball players in Lake Wales, the giving and getting have been pretty good in recent weeks.

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LAKE WALES – Students at Lake Wales High might be a little safer thanks to a unique idea that involved collaboration between the city's charter school system and the Lake Wales Fire Department.

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WINTER HAVEN - Pending final approval Sept. 24, Winter Haven Police Chief Charlie Bird will be getting a promotion to Director of Public Safety.

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WINTER HAVEN – An artist’s rendering of a proposed fresh coat of paint on the water tower downtown could have been done a bit differently.

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FROSTPROOF – For the second time in around a year, Frostproof City Council members made it clear that taxpayer money ought not to be spent subsidizing transportation.

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BARTOW – Clifton Lewis said the Constitution of United States is a great document that has evolved to protect everyone who lives under it with the aim remaining that for 227 years.

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POLK COUNTY – Polk County commissioners recently voted to implement $100M in additional property taxes over the next 10 years mostly to benefit Polk County Fire Rescue emergency medical services. A few days prior, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced a $547,842 federal gr…

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WINTER HAVEN – On Sept. 11 the Winter Haven Downtown CRA Board voted 4-2, in part, to authorize an additional $300k be spent on the proposed skate park on the west side of Lake Silver.

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POLK COUNTY – The future supply of water, traffic, responsible growth, the proposed Homestead Exemption vote in November and the ongoing dispute between state legislators and local commissioners over Home Rule were all hot topics discussed during the Eighth Annual Polk Vision Mayor’s Round T…

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BARTOW – Florida House District 56 candidate Jeff Mann has alleged that another county newspaper recently published several news articles and an editorial that, he believes, are not accurate and portray him as less ethical than his political opponent, County Commissioner Melony Bell.

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WINTER HAVEN – City leaders and Publix supermarket staff joined forces to commemorate the 88th Anniversary of the first-ever Publix supermarket last Thursday afternoon.

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BARTOW – The Wall Street Journal recently reported that lead in public schools has become a nationwide concern. That may help local parents put recent news that lead has also been found in Polk County Public Schools in perspective.

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In a story last week with the headline, "Lead found in water at five public schools," the name of Polk County Public Schools Maintenance Services Manager Rory Luce was spelled wrong. In a story with the headline, "Wetlands park," city staff said there will be a wetlands restoration project, …

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LAKE WALES – There was no public comment last week as Lake Wales held the first reading for a new budget that will see homeowners dig a little deeper into their pockets.

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BARTOW – Bartow City Commissioners proclaimed September to be Multicultural Awareness Month, also to celebrate the annual Diversity Luncheon.

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