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Polk County high school student wins prestigious tobacco youth advocate award

Polk County high school student wins prestigious tobacco youth advocate award

Polk County, FL -- The Tobacco Free Partnership of Polk County recognizes Jordan Bontrager, a Polk County high school student and Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) youth advocate, for winning the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids Southern Region Youth Advocate of the Year Award.

The Youth Advocates of the Year Awards honor young activists throughout the country who fight to protect their peers from the dangers of tobacco use through public education efforts, student-to-student training and outreach. 

Have you seen this missing woman?

Have you seen this missing woman?

WINTER HAVEN - Winter Haven Police are once again asking if anyone has information on the whereabouts of Christina Voltaire, (B/F DOB 8/1/88) who disappeared on January 8, 2011.

Interviews have been conducted with Dieuseul Pierre-Gilles (B/M DOB 1/24/81), a person Voltaire could have possibly been with. To date, cell phone records have turned up no significant information. Additionally, Pierre-Gilles has stated that he was in South Florida visiting his girlfriend who had just given birth to their baby.

KKK for mayor?

KKK for mayor?

Lake Wales, FL -- 70-year-old John Paul Rogers wants to become the next mayor of Lake Wales, but critics say he could have a tough time bringing the town together because he's a former member of the Ku Klux Klan.


Retired University of South Florida Professor Darryl Paulson, an expert on the Klan, says Rogers was the head of the organization in Florida that was part of one of the largest and one of the most violent branches of the KKK, The United Klans of America.

Runaway found in Clearwater

Runaway found in Clearwater

Winter Haven, FL -- The teen who ran away from home after agruing with his mother was found last night.

Winter Haven police received a call around 6 p.m. Wednesday from Clearwater police that they had located 15-year-old Tyler Smith at his sister's home in Clearwater.

According to Winter Haven PIO Jamie Brown, it was through quick interviews with his parents and two other siblings that police determined Tyler could have headed over to that area since he had other family members over there.

New police chief, Lisa Womack swearing in

New police chief, Lisa Womack swearing in

Lakeland, FL -- On March 11, The Lakeland Police will hold a swearing in ceremony for Chief Lisa Womack.


Chief Womack will be introduced by City Manager Doug Thomas and Lieutenant John Thomason will preside as Master of Ceremonies. Mayor Gow Fields will also be in attendance.

Six Polk students up for National Merit, Achievement Scholarships

Six Polk students up for National Merit, Achievement Scholarships

Polk County, Florida -- It's one of the highest academic honors a high school student can recieve: the National Merit Scholarship.

Currently, six Polk public school students are 2011 National Merit or National Achievement scholarship finalists, according to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Recognition from the National Merit or National Achievement scholarship programs are among the most prestigious academic honors for a high school senior in the United States. Click here for further information on either program.

More than 1.5 million students entered the 2011 National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). There are approximately 15,000 finalists. The 2011 National Merit finalists, including five from Polk, represent less than one percent of high school seniors and are the highest scoring entrants on the qualifying test.

Click below to read more about the outstanding local students who are in the running:

Mobile home park residents feel powerless

Mobile home park residents feel powerless

Winter Haven, Florida - People living in three Winter Haven mobile home parks received prayers and some food Thursday served up by a local church.

"As a ministry of the community, we're here to meet the needs of the people," says Lizelle Bradley, Co-Pastor at Winning Souls for the Kingdom church.

The hot meals are welcome, because many homes at Sunset Cove, Lime Tree and Lake Front mobile home parks do not have electricity. TECO cut the power on Tuesday; a spokesman says the parks' owner hasn't paid the bill.