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Lakeland woman dies after trying to save children in rip current

3 hours 25 min ago
PASS-A GRILLE — Pinellas County authorities said a Lakeland mother who got caught in a strong tidal current while trying to save a child Saturday died Sunday morning.The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office reported Samar Aboukhdair, 34, was critically injured when rescuers pulled her from the water at Pass-A-Grille Beach and died in a local hospital at 7:21 a.m.Pinellas County deputies were called [...]

Old rule, new enforcement leads to new Lkld. parking sign

Sun, 10/14/2018 - 8:52pm
“There’s been a misconception that it’s been a sort of banked time,” Traffic and Parking Manager Angelo Rao said, “that you have 120 minutes to park anywhere you want downtown in any pieces thereof.”

Youths take part in Youth Hunter Education Challenge

Sun, 10/14/2018 - 8:28pm
LAKELAND — Shooting arrows, firing shotguns, navigating with compasses, venturing into natural Florida: a day full of learning hunting safety and traveling without a GPS.The National Rifle Association and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC) took place Sunday afternoon at the Tenoroc Shooting Range in Lakeland.YHEC is a free, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission program for hunter safety course [...]

Smile maker named October CityMaker

Sun, 10/14/2018 - 8:26pm
LAKELAND — A dentist with plans to give 200 people care without cost will be honored as a Lakeland CityMaker on Monday afternoon.Every year, Dr. William Nerestant and his staff, and as many as 50 volunteers, set aside a day to give free services, but this year, in honor of his practice's 10-year anniversary, they're going bigger, with a goal of 200 patients served. Last year, the group served 140, he told The Ledger."He epitomizes what you hope people involved in the [...]

Upcoming political events scheduled in Polk County

Sun, 10/14/2018 - 8:23pm
National Coalition of 100 Black WomenThe National Coalition of 100 Black Women Inc. Polk County chapter is presenting a voters guide to the 12 amendments on the 2018 ballot at 6 p.m. Oct. 16 at First Missionary Baptist Church Life Center, 200 Ave. R NW Winter Haven.Speakers are Sam Killebrew, Florida House of Representatives; Syliva Blackmon Roberts, businesswoman; Gow Fields, [...]

Your good news in Polk

Sun, 10/14/2018 - 8:20pm
Men who cook Faith In Action North Lakeland Inc. held its The Men That Cook event Sept. 23 at the Coleman Bush Building. More than 200 people got to taste the food cooked by local celebrity chefs David Baker, Rev. Marty Brown, Morris Chestang, Ben Johnson, Tyrone Johnson, Ayelle Mayer, Robert McAfee, Larry Mitchell, Richard Ramshard, Nathaniel “Pop” Robinson, Henry Rodmon Jr., Thaddeur Speed, Willie Stembridge and Shandale Terrell. [...]

Lakeland woman dies after trying to save children

Sun, 10/14/2018 - 8:19pm
PASS-A GRILLE — Pinellas County authorities said a Lakeland mother who got caught in a strong tidal current while trying to save a child Saturday died Sunday morning.The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office reported Samar Aboukhdair, 34, was critically injured when rescuers pulled her from the water at Pass-A-Grille Beach and died in a local hospital at 7:21 a.m.Pinellas County deputies were called [...]

Winter Haven man killed in four-car accident

Sun, 10/14/2018 - 8:18pm
OSCEOLA COUNTY — A Winter Haven man was killed Saturday after he stopped to help another driver who had run off the Florida Turnpike.The Florida Highway Patrol reported Jose Zuenigia-Garcia, 30, was struck and killed by another car that ran onto the center median. According to information from the FHP, about 9:30 p.m., a car driven by Wilfredo Colon Fontanez, was going north on the Florida Turnpike, south of State Road 60, when he lost [...]

Player injured in Bartow-Lakeland JV football game fight

Sun, 10/14/2018 - 8:17pm
BARTOW — Bartow police were called to Bartow High School on Thursday regarding a JV football fight involving students from Bartow and Lakeland high schools.The Bartow Police Department reported police were called about 7:50 p.m. after the fight broke out at Bartow High School's stadium. According to the Police Department, a student with Bartow High School was injured during the altercation and was taken to Lakeland Regional Health [...]

Thousands create a sea of pink at breast cancer walk

Sat, 10/13/2018 - 7:19pm
Breast cancer afflicts more than 300,000 women in the United States each year.

East Polk This Week: Haines City looks for new fire chief, public works director

Sat, 10/13/2018 - 7:19pm
HAINES CITY — The third largest city in Polk County is looking to fill two supervisor positions following resignations made effective in less than a month's span.The most recent departure was Fire Chief Tim Mossgrove, whose resignation became official on Sept. 21. Mossgrove was hired by the city in October 2015 as fire marshal and sworn in as chief last December following the resignation of Stuart McCutcheon.“As your Fire Chief, I am proud of being able to [...]

Law enforcement agencies seek career bank robber

Sat, 10/13/2018 - 7:09pm
LAKELAND — The Polk County and Clay County Sheriff’s departments are looking for a career bank robber.Sheriff’s department officials said 60-year-old Myron Ernst is wanted for robbing a bank in Clay County, southwest of Jacksonville, on Tuesday and one in Polk on Friday.They said he is on federal probation for robbing banks and that he has cut off his gps ankle monitor. He is driving [...]

No school on Monday for public schools

Sat, 10/13/2018 - 7:09pm
POLK COUNTY — There is no school for public-school students in Polk County on Monday.The district is using the day for staff development.The the charter schools in the McKeel Academy system and the Lake Wales Charter Schools system are also off Monday.

School Board forum: Fields defends behind-the-scenes work

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 8:49pm
All candidates said renewal of half-cent sales tax imperative

Haven man sentenced for battering Air Force veteran, 90

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 8:47pm
BARTOW — A Winter Haven man was sentenced Friday to 364 days in the Polk County Jail for beating up a 90-year-old World War II veteran in the parking lot of a Winter Haven shopping center last year.Gregory Leonard Krizsan, 25, apologized for his actions before Circuit Judge Keith Spoto imposed sentence.“I do apologize that he was involved in any situation,” he said.The incident began when Bill Frasier, of Winter Haven, was backing out of his [...]

City commission set to decide whether builder can move pond

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 8:46pm
Morgan Creek Preserve developer wants to relocate pond after charging buyers a premium for water views

HOA fees won't increase in Poinciana

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 8:45pm
POINCIANA — Association of Poinciana Villages residents won't be seeing an increase in homeowners' association fees over the next year.Dues will remain at $276 for the next year, APV confirmed in an email Thursday. Last year, the association increased fees by $24 or $2 per month. The 2019 budget was approved during the master board meeting Tuesday.“We are pleased to announce there will be no increase to the annual assessment for homeowners, which means it [...]

Frostproof city manager's review skyrockets in 6 months

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 8:44pm
FROSTPROOF — Lee Evett has disproved some well-worn adages such as, “There are no second acts in life” and you can’t overcome first impressions.The Frostproof city manager earned an average score of 5.03 – or “excellent” for language devotees – on his recent one-year review by the five City Council members. The council used a six point scale.That compares with a 3.95 average – just below “very good” [...]

No school on Monday for public schools

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 8:36pm
POLK COUNTY — There is no school for public-school students in Polk County on Monday.The district is using the day for staff development.The the charter schools in the McKeel Academy system and the Lake Wales Charter Schools system are also off Monday.

Lake Wales police seek info on Thursday evening hit -and-run

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 8:35pm
LAKE WALES — Lake Wales police are looking for the driver that collided with a pedestrian and then fled from the scene at U.S. Highway 27 at Harding Avenue Thursday evening at between 8:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m.The Lake Wales Police Department believes the car was a 2001 to 2003 Kia Sedona van, red in color, with damage on the passenger side, the department said in a release.The crash involved [...]

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