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Central Polk Parkway 1, Bartow Northern Connector 0
Wed  Jun 20 2018 09:16AM
POLK COUNTY – The Polk Transportation Planning Organization Board met June 14 to set the priority of “billions of dollars” in road project funding over the next five years. Made … read more.
LW eyeing annual stormwater fee on residents
Wed  Jun 20 2018 09:24AM
LAKE WALES – City residents could be facing a new assessment which could add as much as $72 to their yearly tax bill. City Manager Ken Fields told commissioners that … read more.
Impacts of U.S. 27, SR 60 interchange work
Wed  Jun 20 2018 09:24AM
LAKE WALES – A seemingly minor intersection change close to Eagle Ridge Mall that sparked outrage from nearby residents is likely just the tip of the iceberg when it comes … read more.
‘Y’ purchase, rec center still on LW wish list
Wed  Jun 20 2018 09:24AM
LAKE WALES – Significant potential recreation upgrades continue to be front and center as city commissioners continue to zero in on a 2018-19 spending plan. City Manager Ken Fields said … read more.
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Check out these July 4 options
Wed  Jun 20 2018 09:22AM
POLK COUNTY – With July 4 right around the corner, now is the time to start planning how to celebrate with your family and friends. On Tuesday, July 3 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., City of Winter Haven staff … read more.

Landfill gas, term limits, alcohol sales discussed by BoCC
Wed  Jun 20 2018 09:22AM
POLK COUNTY – The Polk County Commission met June 15 to discuss multiple topics of interest. The Polk County Charter Review Committee recently recommended that county commissioners should have term limits of 12 years instead of eight. Commissioner George Lindsey … read more.

We stand corrected Chairman Dantzler
Wed  Jun 20 2018 09:20AM
POLK COUNTY – Last week the Winter Haven Sun published a story with the headline, “Commissioners voting for $150M in new taxes over 10 years.” The story included a photo cutline that read, in part, “county commissioners will be voting … read more.

Shop owner complains of parking woes
Wed  Jun 20 2018 09:20AM
BARTOW – Downtown parking came up again at the Bartow City Commission meeting on Monday, June 18, and after public comment by a downtown shop owner and downtown resident spoke, commissioners discussed what can be done not only for the … read more.

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State, National and World News
Florida woman accused of shining laser at helicopter pilot
Thu  Jun 21 2018 09:46PM
LAKE WORTH, Fla. (AP) — A woman is accused of pointing a green laser light at a sheriff’s office helicopter that was patrolling a Florida city during a power outage. Palm Beach County Sheriff’s officials said in a news release … read more.

Deputies: Man smoked weed while child drowned in pool
Thu  Jun 21 2018 09:46PM
PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man is facing manslaughter charges after authorities say a child he was watching drowned in a backyard pool while he smoked marijuana with a teenager in the front yard. Bay County Sheriff’s … read more.

Census shows greatest Hispanic growth rate in north Florida
Thu  Jun 21 2018 09:46PM
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — North Florida counties led the state in the growth rate of Florida’s Hispanic population last year. But traditional bastions in South Florida and central Florida led in pure numbers. Figures released Thursday by the U.S. Census … read more.

Naples Zoo in Florida featured in TripAdvisor’s Hall of Fame
Thu  Jun 21 2018 09:46PM
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s Naples Zoo has been inducted into TripAdvisor’s Hall of Fame. The Naples Daily News reports the new status comes after the zoo earned TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence award five years in a row. That award … read more.

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