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We hear it often, and for good reason, “don’t text and drive.” Too many people are killed or injured by people who can’t wait until they're safely stopped before texting. But texting isn’t just a problem for drivers; people who are operating their smartphones while walking have fallen into p…

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As I look back over my life, I can remember talking too much in an elementary school class. After being disciplined and accepting my punishment, I was given a second chance. One day, when I was in junior high school, I was late to class. I walked all the way from my place of living, Eaton Pa…

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Every 40 seconds a child in the United States, becomes missing or abducted, according to the FBI’s National Crime Information Center (NCIC). According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), “In 2017 NCMEC assisted law enforcement with more than 27,000 cases of mis…

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Our history is a colorful stream of events that began with the community’s platting in the early 1880s. So far we’ve reviewed historic “firsts” through World War II. This week we’ll look at more recent milestones …

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Our history is a colorful stream of events that began with the community’s platting in the early 1880s. Last week we detailed some historic “firsts” that occurred prior to the city’s incorporation in 1911. This week we’ll look at later milestones.

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Our history is a colorful stream of events that began with the community’s platting in the early 1880s. Here are some of the “firsts” that occurred along the way …

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You may have heard me mention from time-to-time that Polk County has a record low crime rate. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office works hard to keep it that way. One of the best ways to achieve that starts with you, and a few simple steps.

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On March 7, 1923, James “Jim” Clarence Tugerson was born to Beulah and Edward Tugerson in Florence Villa, Florida. This was the same year that Florence Villa dissolved its separate incorporation and became a part of the greater Winter Haven community.

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By now, most public and private school students should be back at school.

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There is one word in the American lexicon that is considered so vile that it is referred to only by its code name, “the N-word.”

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As some of you will recall, Adelle Harris was the first woman to become a resident of the newly platted village of Winter Haven in the early 1880s. She shared her recollections in a 1946 interview that was a part of the “Tales of the Old Timers” series in the Winter Haven Daily Chief.

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My first acquaintance with banks came in elementary school in 1947 when I became a depositor in the Second Grade National Bank at Bartow Elementary School.

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The decision to get into your car and drive after “a few drinks” is a dangerous one, and many times can prove to be a fatal choice.

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“In the First Amendment, the Founding Fathers gave the free press the protection it must have to fulfill its essential role in our democracy. The press was to serve the governed, not the governors.” Those are the words written in 1971 by Judge Hugo Black in the 6-3 (New York Times Co. vs Uni…

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