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Stanley Named Interim Director of Economic Development

Stanley Named Interim Director of Economic Development

Bartow, FL -  County Manager Jim Freeman announced today that Mary Jane Stanley, CEcD, has been named the interim director of economic development, effective immediately, while the Central Florida Development Council Inc. conducts a nationwide search for an executive director.

Neighbors, co-workers mourn murdered healthcare worker

Neighbors, co-workers mourn murdered healthcare worker

LAKELAND, Florida -- There's no shortage of shock and sadness in the Lakeland neighborhood where a young healthcare worker killed in Dade City Monday night lived.

Neighbors like Robin Gerl& are in absolute shock to hear how Stephanie Ross, 25, was killed.

"You're going to help someone and they kill you because they're not right. I don't get that. I don't get it," said Gerl.

UPDATE: Elderly couple from Auburndale goes missing

UPDATE: Elderly couple from Auburndale goes missing

Auburndale, Florida -- Update: The couple has been located in Taylor County. The Taylor County Sheriff's Office stopped the couple as a result of the Silver Alert. They were found to be coherent and fine. 

The couple was released and were driving back home. They did not give a reason as to why they were so far away from home. Family members were contacted and said they were fine with the couple driving home.

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Poly's Parker choice applauded

Poly's Parker choice applauded

Lakeland, FL-- The Lakeland Ledger, which earlier this year ended it's policy of endorsing political candidates on its editorial page, endorsed the first hire of the Florida Polytechnic Board of Trustees Sunday:

New county commissioners, chair and vice chair begin service

New county commissioners, chair and vice chair begin service

Bartow, Florida -- Three commissioners were sworn-in Tuesday to serve terms as elected officials on the Polk County Board of County Commissioners. 

District 1 Commissioner George Lindsey was sworn in to office by County Attorney Michael Craig. State Attorney Jerry Hill administered the oath of office for District 5 Commissioner John Hall. And, Judge Keith Spoto administered the oath of office for District 3 Commissioner Edwin Smith, who was re-elected for a second term.

The commissioners serve four-year terms. 

Great American Smokeout

Great American Smokeout

Bartow, FL – Tobacco Free Partnership of Polk County, the Polk County Health Department and the statewide Tobacco Free Florida program are working to send a significant messages to smokers during the upcoming Great American Smokeout: "There is a Quitter In You."

The Great American Smokeout is set to take place tomorrow, November 15. The event, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, raises awareness about the dangers of smoking and the many effective resources available to successfully quit, organizers say.