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.

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.”

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.

BARTOW – Last week, Bartow City Commissioners unanimously approved changing a section of land to “High-Density Residential” zoning that could accommodate more than 140 new apartments.

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.

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 — Polk County Sheriff’s Office officials say Kara Fay Hanvey, 22, of Sebring, was found dead in a possible fatal hit and run Sunday in Lakeland. Authorities are conducting a suspicious death investigation and are seeking the public’s help to determine what happened.

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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FROSTPROOF – For the past decade, Frostproof Public Works Director James Keene has organized teams of city staff to help place American flags on the graves of veterans buried at Silver Hill Cemetery in honor of Memorial Day.

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