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POINCIANA -- The fourth time looks like it will be the charm for a trio of Poinciana homeowners. According to court documents, Judge Catherine L. Combee denied the request by the Association of Poinciana Villages and developer AV Homes, more commonly referred to as Avatar, to have a fourth ...

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Winter Haven -- Legoland Florida Resort has set March 23 as the grand opening for its newest attraction, The Great Lego Race. As previously announced, the ride will be the first virtual reality roller coaster experience designed for kids. Riders wearing optional VR headsets will experience the simulated ...
Winter Haven -- A Winter Haven man has been charged with killing his live-in girlfriend Saturday night in the couple's home. Deandre Coffer, 22, faces one count of second-degree murder in the death of 32-year-old Kiara Butler, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office. According to a sheriff's news ...
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LAKELAND -- With zero gang-related shootings last year, 2017 provided a stark contrast to 2014, when Lakeland police Department leaders counted 18 gang-related shootings in the city and feared a wave of street violence unseen for decades. LPD's preliminary 2017 crime statistics reveal that the ...
Snapchat threat of another Florida school shooting keeps some Polk students home .... In this frame grab from video provided by WPLG-TV, students from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in Parkland, Fla., evacuate the school following a shooting, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (WPLG-TV via AP).
By Austin L. Miller, GateHouse Media Florida. A south Marion County woman was surprised early Thursday morning by sinkholes opening up near her home. The house is at 17092 SE 79th McLawren Terrace in The Villages, Emergency Management Director Preston Bowlin said. That home and a ...
TALLAHASSEE -- A bill that would restrict the most common type of second-trimester abortion is ready for a floor vote in the Florida House. In a 13-6 vote, the House Health & Human Services Committee on Thursday approved a bill (HB 1429) that would impose new restrictions on doctors performing ...
Winter Haven -- A three-day tradition that spans more three decades returns this weekend. The St. Sophia Greek Festival takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday at St. Sophia Orthodox Church, 1030 Bradbury Road. Katerina Ioannidis, the co-chair of the festival, thinks last year's attendance was close ...
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TALLAHASSEE -- The Florida Legislature is rolling into the sixth week of its annual session and there's a big question out there: can legislators cut a deal on gambling in the Sunshine State? Gambling is technically illegal in Florida, but it's allowed at casinos owned by the Seminole tribe of Florida, and it's ...
Winter Haven, Fla. -- In the hours after Hurricane Irma raked up Florida's spine, warm sunshine revealed thousands upon thousands of pieces of citrus fruit bobbing in muddied, stagnant water. Millions of dollars worth of oranges, grapefruits, and tangerines were ripped from their branches by fierce ...
Winter Haven - Winter Haven hospital and one of the state's most prestigious universities are working together to alleviate the shortage of physicians. Administrative staff from the hospital and BayCare, the parent not-for-profit health care system with which the hospital is affiliated, and Florida State ...
Winter Haven, Fla. -- A Winter Haven church pastor was arrested on Thursday for improper sexual conduct with two minors, deputies say. Pastor David Cooper, 43, of Moving Mountains Ministries in Winter Haven was arrested for the sexual battery of a girl under the age of twelve, and lewd exhibition ...
GARLAND: We salute Alice Hunt, vice president of Hunt Construction of Central Florida, named last week as this year's recipient of the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce's George Jenkins Award for community service. Hunt was honored for her involvement in American Heart Association, George Jenkins ...

These days, the rendezvous is sponsored by the Florida Frontiersmen, a black powder organization dedicated to preserving history. The group owns the parcel of land that has been home to the event since 2002. A goal is to get more children involved, said the club's president, Ron Clark, dressed Saturday ...
Winter Haven, Fla. - The Legoland hotel in Winter Haven was evacuated Friday night after authorities received a call about a possible fire, officials said. It was discovered that a candle was left unattended in a room on the fourth floor, which caused smoke and an alarm. Authorities said this was all ...
Winter Haven PD: 2 suspects sought after mom robbed in park while playing with toddler .... Winter Haven police are searching for two men they say attacked and robbed a woman who was playing with her toddler at Kiwanis Park early Thursday morning. Winter Haven -- Winter Haven police are ...
In response to the Trump Administration's proposal to allow oil drilling anywhere along the U.S. coastline, including waters off of Florida, I urge Floridians to rally around my bipartisan Florida Coastal Protection Act, co-sponsored by U.S. Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Naples, that would ban drilling off the Florida ...
Pharmacists already are required to enter information about most controlled substances into the database, but only about 27 percent of Florida health care providers authorized to prescribe controlled substances are currently registered to use the PDMP, according to a November presentation by PDMP ...
Winter Haven - James Hogan always thought it would be a cold day in Florida before he saw the Lake Maude Project come to fruition. On a 38-degree Thursday morning at Lake Maude Park, construction officially began with a groundbreaking ceremony. About 50 people attended, including staff from ...
(L-R) Josie Tomkow and Jennifer Spath, candidates for Florida House of Representatives District 39, speak during the Republican women of Greater Polk at the Harborside Restaurant in Winter Haven, Florida January 19, 2018. Jennifer Spath and Josie Tomkow will spoke at the Republican Women of ...
The low temperature at Gilbert Field, the Winter Haven airport, was 27 degrees, but that was warmer than the 23-degree record also set in 1977. Temperatures stayed at or below freezing from about 1 a.m. to 9 a.m., Norman said. "It was a pretty long duration freeze event," he said. At the Florida Strawberry ...
"Florida and the Lakeland- Winter Haven statistical area will continue economic expansion at a rate above the national average, and the new federal tax policy will be a positive for Florida ... Payroll growth in Florida: Villamil forecast a 3 percent payroll growth in 2018, following growth of 2.8 percent in 2017.
TALLAHASSEE -- After receiving legislative approval last spring, a massive reservoir intended to help shift water south from Lake Okeechobee remains years away from reality, the head of the South Florida Water Management District said Wednesday. A big factor in the timeline for design and construction ...
Hukill, who expressed concern about the attached timelines, said she will continue to work on the proposal, which has support from Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis, the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America and business-lobbying groups Associated Industries of Florida and the ...
This time, the TPO has support from the Florida Turnpike Enterprise and the Florida Department of Transportation. ... From there, Deardorff said, the Florida Turnpike Enterprise may build a toll road along State Road 60. ... Sierra Club leader Marian Ryan of Winter Haven remains opposed to the road.
Winter Haven, FL -- Winter Haven police are requesting the public's assistance in locating a 69-year-old Winter Haven man who walked away from his home Jan. 12 and hasn't been seen since. Paul Murphy left 1190 Lucerne Loop Road, N.W., at approximately 7 a.m. Jan. 12. According to a roommate, ...
That statistic is attributed primarily to hurricanes that ravaged Florida, Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands. school District officials have identified 2,718 students already this school year who are considered homeless, a population that includes children who are doubled up in homes with one or more ...
28, 2017, in West Palm Beach, Fla. AP Photo ... NAPLES -- I ended last year in Naples, Florida, in the sun coterminous with a golf course. I, of course, will not ... So I shall continue to desist from golf here in sunny Florida and leave the pastime to my friends Rush Limbaugh, Donald Trump and Bill Clinton.
Irma, which has been linked to 84 deaths in Florida, made landfalls Sept. 10 in Monroe and Collier counties before barreling up the state, creating evacuation problems and widespread damage in the agriculture industry. The insurance figures are expected to continue to increase over the next year as ...
Winter Haven, Fla. -- Polk County deputies received an unusual 911 call on New Year's Eve where a man reported himself drunk-driving. "Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a serious crime. innocent people are too often injured or killed from impaired drivers. DUI is not a laughing ...
Winter Haven, Fla. - A 27-year-old Winter Haven man is behind bars after beating a man to death in the face with a pick hammer Saturday evening, the Polk County Sheriff's Office said. Deputies arrested Calvin Ross after witnesses said he'd gotten into a fight with Jonathon Miller, 38 of Winter Haven, ...
LAKELAND -- About 128 troops of the 3rd Battalion, 116th Field Artillery Regiment of the Florida National Guard will deploy Sunday. A departure ceremony will take place at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium, but the time is yet to be determined. Gov. Rick Scott is expected to attend, and the public is ...
Trump had lunch with Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Sunday. the White House said they discussed hurricane recovery efforts, the need to improve infrastructure "and many other matters important to the people of Florida." The governor came with some specific concerns: the need for repairs to the federally ...
Jerry Haag, president of Florida Baptist children's Homes, The Porch Light and Orphan's Heart, was named a 2018 George W. Truett Distinguished ... Send your community news and photos to features@theledger.com, mail to Good News, in care of The Ledger, 300 W. Lime St., Lakeland, FL 33802, ...
On the other side of the state, Egmont Key was named one of the state's 11 most endangered places last year by the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation because rising seas threaten to submerge the island. Just outside Tampa Bay in the Gulf of Mexico, the island holds sacred significance for the ...
Two of the organizations the employees chose to sponsor were the Florida Baptist children's Homes in Lakeland and the women's Resource Center in Winter Haven. [ PHOTO PROVIDED BY ADNEY DAVIS ] Send your contributions for this section to andy.kuppers@theledger.com, with "Giving Back" in the ...
Winter Haven - A Winter Haven man accused of leaving the scene of an accident that killed a child in Orlando has been arrested, according to an affidavit from ... Williams acknowledged to leaving the county without permission Tuesday night and was charged with a hit-and-run with fatality by the Florida ...
Winter Haven -- A Winter Haven woman was killed Friday in a two-vehicle crash in Winter Haven, which shut down Cypress gardens Road to traffic for about four hours. According to the Polk County Sheriff's Office, about 5:30 p.m., 911 operators got a call regarding a wreck on Cypress Gardens Road at ...
BARTOW -- The man suspected of murdering 35-year-old Patrick Adam Thrower of Winter Haven turned himself in to the Polk County Jail on ... Detectives said Owsley shot Thrower multiple times outside Owlsey's Winter Haven home, where Thrower had been invited to by Owsley's live-in girlfriend.
Melissa Thomas of Winter Haven is in stable condition following a surgery Sunday at a local hospital, said Michele Cash, spokeswoman for the Polk County Sheriff's Office. Thomas was expected to undergo a second surgery Monday. The single gunshot wound is not life-threatening, although serious ...
Winter Haven -- A house fire at 205 Westwood Avenue spread to a neighboring house Tuesday afternoon. 1/1 hide caption. Fire at 205 Westwood Avenue in Winter Haven, Florida February 13, 2018. firefighters ... Both houses are located just outside the Winter Haven city limits, off Recker Highway.
Alex Vacha, 28, started his new job as general manager of the Winter Haven Regional Airport on Monday. Vacha had been the ... Vacha holds a bachelor's degree in aeronautics from Embry-Riddle University in Daytona as well as a master's from the Florida Institute of technology. According to a release, ...
DAVENPORT -- Now in its 11th year, TheatreWorks Florida has worked to make the theater arts accessible to those who may be limited by geography, ethnicity, economics or disability. Its newest program is helping military veterans adjust to civilian life. On Thursday, it was announced The National ...
Winter Haven, Fla. (WFLA) - A Winter Haven pool contractor is accused of leaving customers tens of thousands of dollars in the hole. ... Detectives say Johnson misappropriated funds, defrauded, and stole money from seven victims in the central Florida area, all of whom entered into contracts with him ...
The Family Dollar Store at 206 Avenue T NW in Winter Haven was robbed on January 12th at 9:25 pm by a man dressed all in black with a mask that covered his face. You can see in the video, the man approached the manager and demanded money while waving a gun in his right hand. He made his way ...
TALLAHASSEE -- While the Trump Administration signaled willingness this week to allow work requirements for Medicaid beneficiaries, the Florida Legislature is unlikely to move ahead with such a mandate this year. House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O' Lakes, told The News Service of Florida on ...


 

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