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No good deed — honest cop writes own red light camera ticket, gets reprimand

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Everyone enters “the helping professions” with high ideals. Forty years later, some emerge as cynics who think it’s OK to “help” themselves if no one’s looking. Not Tim Glover. After decades in Polk County law enforcement, he has his ideals, and a well-earned front page shoutout from the Lakeland Ledger headlined “Officer writes red light ticket to himself.” Following 30 years with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Glover took a retirement job at the Haines City Police Department, reviewing tapes…

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With landslide vote, Lakeland Ledger reporters, staff approve union

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The reporters, photographers and copy editors of The Lakeland Ledger overwhelmingly voted Thursday to be represented by the News Guild-CWA, Communications Workers of America, in contract negotiations with the paper’s owners, GateHouse Media. The vote, supervised by the National Labor Relations Board, was 23 for union representation and 3 against, setting off rumors of other newspapers’ news personnel ready to request their own union votes in the state. The Ledger newsroom is now the first union newsroom in Florida, but…

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Lakeland Ledger reporters, staff to vote on joining union

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Members of newsrooms all over Florida will be watching the reporters, photographers and copy editors of The Lakeland Ledger this afternoon as they vote on whether to be represented by the News Guild-CWA, Communications Workers of America. The union vote will be supervised by the National Labor Relations Board, which has indicated it will release the results following the vote today. If the vote at The Ledger favors joining the union, it will be the first newsroom in Florida to…

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Bill to move 2nd District Court to Tampa riles Polk legislators

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When the Florida Legislature convenes Tuesday to begin the second week of the nine-week Legislative Session, the House Justice Appropriations Subcommittee will consider a proposal that divides the Tampa and Polk County legislative delegations. House Bill 815, sponsored by Tampa Republican Shawn Harrison, would move the 2nd District Court of Appeal from Lakeland to the Tampa area. “It’s becoming a public safety issue,” Harrison said. About 50 employees and judges work in the courthouse. A recent air quality report shows the roof…

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Veteran political columnist Bill Rufty joins Extensive Enterprises Media as Central Florida correspondent

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Former Ledger columnist Bill Rufty is joining Extensive Enterprises Media as Central Florida political correspondent for SaintPetersBlog and Florida Politics. Rufty has been with the Ledger since 1985, where, as political editor, he covered a wide range of beats, including local and state politics, the Lakeland City Commission, and the Florida Legislature. In April, Ledger editor Lenore Devore praised Rufty’s 30-year career, calling him “a man full of knowledge, a polling expert and a war history buff … who has a steel trap in his brain, remembering details most of us have long since…

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Lakeland’s Ledger’s main office building up for sale

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For those wanting a good real estate investment, the owners of the building where Lakeland’s Ledger newspaper is headquartered have put the building up for sale. As of Friday, the 181,720-sq. ft. office building lists with the Mansour Group of Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services, one of the county’s largest real estate investment services firms. Located on West Lime Street and Sikes Boulevard in downtown Lakeland the building has been home of the Ledger since its construction in 1998. The asking price…

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State House candidate fails to qualify because of 1 cent discrepancy on qualifying check

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Adam Smith points out a must-read cautionary tale about how state Rep. Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland, was spared a tough primary, because her rival Neil Combee wrote a check to the state for  $1,781.81 – instead of the requiring filing fee of $1,781.82.  According to the Lakeland Ledger: Stargel had mailed her papers and check to qualify days ago, noting that it was her practice so as to have time to correct any mistakes. Combee mailed his check Wednesday afternoon. “I called during…

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