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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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LAKE WALES – The Lake Wales Main Street Board of Directors selected the prestigious firm of Dover, Kohl and Partners out of Coral Gables to help redesign the downtown area in July.

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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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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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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 The vote took place after press time, but was likely repealed, based on County Attorney Michael Craig's recommendation.

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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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LAKE WALES – A lawsuit resulting from a public records request regarding Lake Wales Municipal Airport could end up costing the city tens of thousands of dollars.

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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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