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WINTER HAVEN – By now you may have already heard that a Lake Wales Uber driver killed a Winter Haven resident last week in a stand your ground case on Dundee Road that Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd called a justified homicide.

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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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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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POLK COUNTY – In January 1978, Edward J. Wolfe moved to Polk County from Pennsylvania to begin work as one of the first ever computer programmer trainees for the county.

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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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LAKE WALES – The bills from damage suffered during Hurricane Irma last fall are coming due, with city commissioners approving more than $125,000 in repair work.

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Nominations are now being accepted for the Diversity Awards given annually at the Diversity Luncheon which is scheduled at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 19.

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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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BARTOW – If you can read this story and this newspaper today you might want to thank the lineworkers.

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POLK COUNTY – Canna Fest Florida 2018 is being billed as the largest marijuana event in the southeast United States.

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LAKE WALES – Mobley Park might be getting a new name to honor a long-time Lake Wales family with a tradition of city service.

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Last Friday's dedication of a new downtown walking trail in Lake Wales contained not one but two surprises.

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WINTER HAVEN – Pending permission from Judge Catherine Combee, the Ritz Theatre in downtown Winter Haven will be purchased by Winter Haven residents Jessie Skubna and Robbie Loftus, owners of two nearby downtown bars.

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LAKE WALES – Lake Wales had little trouble balancing its 2018-19 budget plan, removing a $1.7 million expense and approving a new stormwater fee which will be assessed on most city residences and businesses.

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Edward W. Bok Academy students had a true treat waiting for them at the start of the school year: A brand new academic building.

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Want to know which employers in Polk County are "the best" at creating a fantastic work environment?

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BARTOW – Jacob Summerlin will tell you that Main Street has changed a lot since it became Bartow's downtown in 1887 but it also has changed very little, he will add. An actor playing Bartow's pioneer will host the tour as he is taking people to historic areas in Bartow on the walking tour sp…

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BARTOW – Last Thursday night at the Polk Politics Candidates Rally voters showed themselves to be Republicans and hoped candidates focus on solving problems and not picking fights with opponents as with what is happening in Washington, D.C.

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LAKE WALES – Hundreds of teachers, administrators, and staff at 10 Lake Wales schools celebrated the new school year last Friday, which also was the cause of a second celebration for the church sanctuary where it was held.

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BARTOW – The city is about to start the Curb & Street Rehabilitation project that is in line with two of its strategic planning codes, it is already paid for.

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