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Meet the final three superintendent candidates

Meet the final three superintendent candidates

Polk County, Florida -- Starting next week, the Polk County School Board will host several “Meet and Greets” that will provide members of the public with the opportunity to meet and speak with the final three candidates vying for the role of Superintendent of Schools for Polk County.

On Tuesday, April 30, Polk County School Board members narrowed the list of five candidates to the final three:  

Clerk of Courts has new Facebook page

Clerk of Courts has new Facebook page

Bartow, Florida -- The Polk County Clerk of Courts has launched a Facebook page in efforts to better connect with Polk residents and to provide quality customer support.

The new site can be viewed at www.Facebook.com/PolkCountyClerk.

The Clerk's Facebook page provides visitors with answers to commonly asked questions about traffic tickets, passports and marriage licenses.

Voice your concerns at March 7 Town Hall Meeting

Voice your concerns at March 7 Town Hall Meeting

akeland, Florida -- Polk County Commissioner John Hall and City of Lakeland Commissioner Phillip Walker are hosting a town hall meeting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 7 at the North Lakeland YMCA, 2125 Sleepy Hill Road, Lakeland.

Residents are invited to meet with the commissioners to discuss issues and concerns relevant to the community.

For more information, contact Commissioner Hall's office at 863-534-6049 or the City of Lakeland Communications office at 863-834-6264.

Chamber to host Candidate Forum Breakfast

Chamber to host Candidate Forum Breakfast

Winter Haven, Florida -- On Wednesday March  6, the Winter Haven Chamber will host a forum for candidates for the vacant Winter Haven City Commission seat.

The forum will take place in the second floor Coleman Auditorium at 401 Avenue B NW. Candidates will make brief introductions and then answer questions from those in attendance.

The event will take place from 7:30 a.m. - 9 a.m.

Michael S. Folsom files papers to run for City Council

Michael S. Folsom files papers to run for City Council

Lakeland, Florida -- Michael S. Folsom filed papers Friday to become a candidate for the Lakeland City Commission, At Large #1.

Michael is the first to file paperwork for the At Large seat being vacated by Howard Wiggs due to term limits and his campaign for Mayor.

Michael Folsom is a fourth generation Lakeland.

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. 

No tax increase for SWFWMD

No tax increase for SWFWMD

Tampa Bay, Florida -- Although the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) increased its operating budget by $4.5 million for the coming fiscal year, property owners will not pay a higher tax to the state agency responsible for flood control and surface and groundwater quality in the Tampa Bay area.

Tuesday night the Southwest Florida Water Management District Governing Board approved the 2012-13 fiscal year budget and millage (or tax) rate. The fiscal year starts Monday, Oct. 1.