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On Tuesday, my personal odometer will roll over to 78 years. On this occasion for the past few years, I have reflected on what I have learned in my life. I tinker with the list a little each year. Most of what I have learned, I learned from others.

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Inwood is a large unincorporated area in northwest Winter Haven. It is bounded by the shore of Lake Cannon to the east, Havendale Boulevard to the north, 42nd Street to the west and Avenue G or Lake Deer to the South. It has evolved into a diverse mixture of mostly blue-collar families. It i…

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As the vast majority of Americans rushed to complete the purchase and delivery of gifts, then turned to celebrating both the religious and secular traditions of Christmas Day, some 800,000 employees of the nation’s largest and most inefficient bureaucracy were impacted by a partial governmen…

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Last month, a hot topic of discussion was that so many people were not stopping for school buses as the law requires. Whether it’s intentional or accidental, this is something that could have tragic results. Claiming that you didn’t see the red lights is no excuse. When you’re driving, you s…

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If you haven’t noticed yet, we are enjoying some fuel prices that we haven’t seen in a while. And though that is good news, it does have at least one downside…people are going to take advantage of the lower fuel prices and drive more.

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The year was 1925 (May 18 to be exact) when Harry S. Hedrick and Evanda Hugh Sweet incorporated Home Builders Supply. The two men had joined a year earlier to open the business at the height of the Florida land boom when new residents descended on the state demanding lumber and building supplies.

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For more than one hundred years, John Andrew Bingham’s “Eagles Nest” cabin was a fixture overlooking Eagle Lake. Bingham, a rugged outdoorsman, built it for his wife Mary in 1881. His early life had been filled with adventure. At the age of 20 while attending Kemper College of St. Louis he l…

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For many years, as our spirit of celebration morphs from Thanksgiving into Christmas, I have urged my readers to eschew the all too familiar “Xmas” and to spell out the name for which X is an abbreviation.

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As the vast majority of Americans rushed to complete the purchase and delivery of gifts, then turned to celebrating both the religious and secular traditions of Christmas Day, some 800,000 employees of the nation’s largest and most inefficient bureaucracy were impacted by a partial governmen…

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As a law enforcement agency, we often caution people about their use of social media. And while there are some things on the internet that can be dangerous, especially for children, social media does have some good things to offer.

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Many years ago — make that many, many years ago — I began struggling with that problem that has vexed parents for generations: Is there a Santa Claus?

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In the unincorporated areas of Polk County, we are currently enjoying a 46-year low crime rate. You may have heard me mention that before, but it’s an awesome statistic — and one that really shows how great it is to live here.

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In 1936 Winter Haven published a brochure presenting a "summary of Winter Haven's many places of beauty and interest.” A simple black-and-white publication, it features a cover photograph of winter visitors playing shuffleboard.

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It looks like, despite competition from North Carolina and one or two other states, Florida will maintain its preeminence for at least another voting cycle as America’s least skilled state in counting votes.

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Last month, a hot topic of discussion was that so many people were not stopping for school buses as the law requires. Whether it’s intentional or accidental, this is something that could have tragic results. Claiming that you didn’t see the red lights is no excuse. When you’re driving, you s…

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If you haven’t noticed yet, we are enjoying some fuel prices that we haven’t seen in a while. And though that is good news, it does have at least one downside…people are going to take advantage of the lower fuel prices and drive more.

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The year was 1925 (May 18 to be exact) when Harry S. Hedrick and Evanda Hugh Sweet incorporated Home Builders Supply. The two men had joined a year earlier to open the business at the height of the Florida land boom when new residents descended on the state demanding lumber and building supplies.

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For more than one hundred years, John Andrew Bingham’s “Eagles Nest” cabin was a fixture overlooking Eagle Lake. Bingham, a rugged outdoorsman, built it for his wife Mary in 1881. His early life had been filled with adventure. At the age of 20 while attending Kemper College of St. Louis he l…

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For many years, as our spirit of celebration morphs from Thanksgiving into Christmas, I have urged my readers to eschew the all too familiar “Xmas” and to spell out the name for which X is an abbreviation.

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I could make this a short article by reiterating what the headline says, “Know who you’re dealing with online.” That pretty much says it all, but let me tell you why that is so necessary.

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The approach of Thanksgiving each year brings forth a variety of traditions, including family reunions, favorite recipes, and a time to reflect on our blessings.

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Tis the season to begin holiday shopping, but if you like to avoid the stores and buy online, remember there are real “Grinches” out there ready to steal your joy of giving by swiping your special gifts.

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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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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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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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