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As I type this, the American flag in front of the Sheriff’s Office is at half-staff, for the victims of a deadly attack in Thousand Oaks, California. It’s the latest in a long line of attacks carried out by who we refer to as an active assailant.

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In 1956 a man name George Jackson owned the Chain O’ Lakes Boat Basin on south Lake Howard Drive. Jackson had purchased the property several years earlier and was told it had once been the site of a Native American village and burial ground. Early in 1956 while laying a water line, some arro…

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During World War II many members of the armed forces received their training at various locations throughout Florida. In Central Florida, you found such facilities as Bartow Air Base, Orlando Naval Training Center and MacDill Air Force Base. Tourism entrepreneurs such as Dick Pope at Cypress…

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Racism is eroding the ideals of the founding principles of our country and we have two opportunities before us. We can either feed into it or starve it to death. Racism is defined as, discrimination or prejudice, which can transform into a belief system that creates a false sense of entitlem…

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Back in September, we told you about two very dangerous calls for service our deputies answered related to domestic violence, during which two different women threatened their significant others with knives. Both were charged with serious crimes.

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As I type this, the American flag in front of the Sheriff’s Office is at half-staff, for the victims of a deadly attack in Thousand Oaks, California. It’s the latest in a long line of attacks carried out by who we refer to as an active assailant.

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In 1956 a man name George Jackson owned the Chain O’ Lakes Boat Basin on south Lake Howard Drive. Jackson had purchased the property several years earlier and was told it had once been the site of a Native American village and burial ground. Early in 1956 while laying a water line, some arro…

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It was in the summer of 1961 that I attended ROTC summer camp, the closest thing that ROTC cadets experience to basic training.

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During World War II many members of the armed forces received their training at various locations throughout Florida. In Central Florida, you found such facilities as Bartow Air Base, Orlando Naval Training Center and MacDill Air Force Base. Tourism entrepreneurs such as Dick Pope at Cypress…

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Racism is eroding the ideals of the founding principles of our country and we have two opportunities before us. We can either feed into it or starve it to death. Racism is defined as, discrimination or prejudice, which can transform into a belief system that creates a false sense of entitlem…

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Back in September, we told you about two very dangerous calls for service our deputies answered related to domestic violence, during which two different women threatened their significant others with knives. Both were charged with serious crimes.

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In 1937 most Winter Haven residents thought the name Mrs. E. K. Moulton to be synonymous with the public school system. In September of that year, she marked 35 years as a teacher in the local system – she had been a teacher through nearly two-thirds of the community's school history at that time.

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A part of being a ten star accredited agency is a dedication to continuous training that comports with the best practices of modern community-focused policing. There is a clear connection between high accreditation standards, quality technologically advanced training, and positive community …

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It is a common reaction after a senseless act of violence takes place on a school campus somewhere in America: “It can’t happen here.”

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As many know, I have lived in Winter Haven my entire life. This beautiful City and all it has to offer is very important to me and my family, and it is with tremendous pride that I serve on the City Commission as your Mayor. Our special Winter Haven experiences create a unique sense of commu…

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In a newspaper career of nearly 50 years, much of it spent covering government, I heard few phrases uttered by politicians with as much reverence as “tax reform.”

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Election Day is almost upon us. No doubt you knew this, as it’s almost impossible to avoid all of the political ads everywhere. I’m not up for re-election this year, in case you were wondering why you hardly ever see me on TV.

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As the 1940s arrived, the city was excited as the New York Giants had decided to conduct spring training here. Mayor E. S. Horton and the Chamber of Commerce baseball committee chaired by O. C. Stanley are credited with attracting the team. The city went all out to prepare the Denison Ball P…

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It was 50 years and a few months ago that Chesterfield H. Smith was appointed chairman of a commission to re-write Florida’s Constitution.

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This election is critically important because we will frequently be choosing between candidates who endorse God-given rights or candidates who endorse godless immoral socialism. America was founded with a hand on the Bible and an understanding that life, liberty and a (moral) pursuit of happ…

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Right on the heels of utter devastation wrought by Hurricanes Florence and Michael, comes an alarming report in the prestigious journal Nature that mitigation of global climate change will require a massive switch to plant-based eating.

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Halloween is a great time of year…one of my favorites. The decorations, the costumes, the temporary escape from reality, and of course – all of that delicious candy. There is a lot of fun to be had, but with anything, there is also the potential for trouble, so let’s focus on that for a moment.

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The new year had barely begun when on January 3, 1930, a dateline Mount Dora news report noted that former President Calvin Coolidge and his wife would arrive on January 10th for a month-long stay at the Lakeside Inn. They were to be guests of their close personal friends, Mr. and Mrs. A .E …

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