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Surrounded by such props as a phone-clutching grim reaper, tombstones, a bat and a rat, consumer advocates decried the state's largest telephone rate increase that will go into effect Tuesday, a day after ...
A Winter Haven man was shot Tuesday night in what appeared to be a road-rage incident on Cypress Gardens Boulevard, Polk County sheriff's officials said.
The Polk County Sheriff's Office says a 43-year-old Auburndale man was shot during a home invasion early Wednesday.
Florida News
Tom Gallagher, Florida's chief financial officer, announced Thursday that he has deployed mobile assistance units to southeast and southwest Florida to help hurricane victims begin the recovery process.
An offender who did not qualify as a sexual predator when sentenced cannot later receive that designation even if the criteria is changed to include his crime, the Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday.
Consumer confidence in Florida held steady in October, but declines in two of the components of the index could signal trouble for retailers over the Christmas season.
US News
A federal grand jury has indicted a prominent GOP contributor in an investigation into contributions to President Bush's re-election campaign, his defense attorney said Thursday.
President Bush on Thursday promised a robust response to Hurricane Wilma, offering reassurance that things would improve soon for victims who are angry that supplies have been slow in coming.
The divestitures are considered minor details to the landmark deals. Verizon and SBC must each divest connections to more than 350 commercial buildings in their respective territories.
Sports News
Illinois ' football program was placed on probation for a year by the NCAA on Thursday because a booster improperly provided payments and other benefits to a recruit.
Patriots cornerback Tyrone Poole was placed on injured reserve for the second consecutive season Thursday, leaving a roster vacancy for Sunday night's game against the Buffalo Bills.
The Florida-Georgia game typically has some offensive flair, with the winner of the annual rivalry scoring at least 20 points 26 times in the last 29 years.
Business News
Tech Stocks : Software RealNetworks turned a year-ago loss into a profit in the third quarter, thanks in part to a 20% jump in revenue and the sale of an equity investment.
Stock News : Retail Radiant Systems surged 52% in late trading after the technology company boosted 2006 guidance.
Stock News : Food Krispy Kreme named a new operating executive and said its general counsel would depart.
Offbeat News
Benn Hill came home from work one day last week and found his wife afraid to take their kids outside because of the nearly naked woman being photographed down the street.
A pilot who had landed safely on a busy highway after running out of fuel hit two parked vehicles and crashed in front of television crews when he tried to take off again.
Halloween is on the way, but this was no decoration. Authorities in Delaware say a woman's body was found hanging from a tree on Wednesday after she apparently committed suicide.


About Lakeland and Polk County

Centrally located between Tampa and Orlando, Lakeland and Polk County offer residents and visitors a wide variety of sports, entertainment, cultural and educational opportunities. Lakeland is the heart of Polk County and it is Lakeland’s charm that creates a beautiful blend of a small town feel with the convenience and amenities of much larger cities.

Lakeland has received the distinction of being on Money Magazine’s “Best Place to Live in America” list. In addition, Lakeland is home to Publix Supermarkets, Florida Southern College which host the largest one-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture and has been the winter host home to the Detroit Tigers for over 65 years.

While Lakeland is Polk County’s largest city, the rest of Polk County is not without its share of beauty and charm. Winter Haven is home to Cypress Gardens, Florida’s Oldest Theme Park, Lake Wales has the pristine gardens at Bok Tower and Bartow’s classic homes on grandfather oak laden streets offer some of nature’s best scenery.

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